Date Published: 27-Apr-2011
Oranmore Senator Fidelma Healy Eames looks likely to retain her seat in the Senate following the first count on the Labour panel at Leinster House.
The Fine Gael Senator picked up 83 first preference votes, just five short of the quota of 88.
Fidelma Healy Eames, who unsuccessfully contested the Galway West election,is now looking very likely to retain her seat in the Senate.
Meanwhile, Galway senator Ronan Mullen from Ahascragh, who is contesting the seperate NUI Seanad elections looks likely to retain his seat in the Senate.
Galway Green Senator Niall O’ Brolchain looks likely to lose his seat.
The other two Galway candidates, NUI Galway lecturer Donncha O’Connell, and city teacher Matthias Walter Cowley are not in contention for one of the three seats.
Earlier today, Sinn Fein candidate Trevor O’ Clochartaigh from Carraroe was elected to the Senate, by taking the fourth seat on the 11 seat agricultural panel.
Last night, Ballinasloe councillor Michael Mullins became the first Galway person to be elected to the Senate, by election on the cultural and educational panel.
The count on the fourth panel, the Industrial and commercial panel for which there are three Galway candidates – CllrsTom McHugh and Pat Hynes and barrister Lorraine Higgins is expected to begin tomorrow.
Retail industry trade body welcomes B&Q announcement
Date Published: 07-May-2013
Retail Excellence Ireland, the country’s largest retail industry trade body, has welcomed the news that 60 jobs have been saved at the city branch of B&Q.
It’s after the home improvements store successfully exited examinership.
Under the scheme, 2.4 million euro is to be invested by parent company Kingfisher plc, and B and Q will continue to trade at eight stores
This means 640 jobs have been saved nationwide, including 60 at the outlet in Knocknacarra.
However, David Fitzsimons of Retail Excellence Ireland says landlords need to be willing to help out smaller retailers too.
Foundation reports nine Galway heart deaths each week
Date Published: 09-May-2013
Nine people die in Galway every week from heart disease and stroke.
That’s according to the Irish Heart Foundation, which is launching its Happy Hearts Appeal today. (9/5)
An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, launched the appeal today to help raise funds for the charity, which has seen increasing demand on its patient services.
The Foundation says it needs to raise at least half a million euro to maintain existing information services.
Call to tackle delays at Oranmore rail crossing
Date Published: 13-May-2013
Concerns have been raised over traffic delays at the railway crossing in Oranmore.
Councillor Jim Cuddy says he has received many representations from local motorists who have been experiencing extended delays.
He says the closed barrier can sometimes cause a traffic tailback as far as the roundabout near the Maldron hotel.
Cllr Cuddy has brought the matter to the attention of Iarnrod Eireann and has asked for an explanation as to why the crossing is closed for so long.