Galway Bay fm newsroom – President Michael D. Higgins has confirmed he’s running for a second term.
The former Galway TD and Senator announced his intention to run as an independent candidate in a statement this morning.
During the 2011 campaign, Michael D. Higgins said on many occasions that he would only serve a single term in the role – despite being entitled to seek a second term.
President Higgins said in a short statement today that he is “offering himself as an independent candidate, under Article 12.4.4 of Bunreacht na hÉireann, when the Ministerial Order for a Presidential Election is made later this year.
Michael D. Higgins was born in Limerick in 1941 and served as a TD for Galway West for almost 25 years before taking up the presidency in 2011.
Independent Senator Gerard Craughwell, who was the first senator to declare an interest in running for the Presidency, says he’s very disappointed at Michael D Higgins’ timing.
There are just three days left in the Dail term, and county councils will take a break in August.
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Visiting restrictions currently in place in Galway Clinic
Visiting restrictions have been put into place in The Blackrock Health Galway Clinic
The clinic confirmed to Galway Bay FM News this afternoon that due to the influx of seasonal flu and Covid-19 infection, visiting is restricted throughout the hospital.
This has been done to protect at-risk patients.
Visiting hours at the hospital are from 5.30pm to 7.30pm daily and only one visitor is permitted to attend per patient with a time limit of 15-20 minutes.
Speculation is rife in the United States that Marty Walsh is to leave politics
News is emerging from Washington that Marty Walsh, the son of Connemara emigrants, may shortly be leaving his position in the United States government to take up a powerful advocacy and administrative role in the National Hockey Association of America (NHLPA).
Walsh, a son of emigrants from Carna and Rosmuc, is the secretary for Labor Affairs in the US Government putting him in the eighth position behind the president.
He is also a former Mayor of the city of Boston.
He is also known to be a close personal friend of the president.
It is understood that all members of the player’s union board in the Hockey Association of the United States and Canada endorsed an effort yesterday to recruit Walsh to head their union.
According to sources close to Marty Walsh, details are being discussed.
In terms of money, the deal is very significant – running into millions of dollars per year according to some reports.
Walsh has been in conversation with President Biden in recent days.
It is all a big surprise but Marty Walsh may not be cutting all ties with politics.
He would be coming back to Massachusetts where he could possibly contest a United States Senate seat in the future.
Disappointment voiced over the delay to repair Traffic Lights at University Hospital Galway
Disappointment has been voiced over the delay to repair the traffic lights at Galway University Hospital.
An announcement on the Galway City Council Social Media Pages has confirmed this and has advised motorists to expect delays and avoid the area if possible saying that transport and infrastructure staff are aiming to replace the lights by next Tuesday, the 7th.
Independent City Central Councillor Mike Cubbard, speaking this morning, told John Mulligan that while he did accept that lights can break down; he did not accept that it will take five days to repair them.