Galway Bay fm newsroom – Five presidential hopefuls have made their presentation to Galway city councillors this afternoon in their bid for the Aras.
Marie Goretti Moylan kicked off proceedings with a brief presentation at City Hall.
The Athlone native was first to address councillors after some of the candidates swapped places on the official speaking order schedule.
Ms Goretti Moylan delivered a four minute presentation and advised members she hopes to go to Trinity College in Dublin to study law,with a view to studying human rights at a later stage.
She said she has a particular interest in domestic violence issues and intends to conduct research in the Magdalene Laundries and other such institutions and eventually write a book.
Ms Goretti Moylan told the meeting she is representing herself and funding her own campaign for the Aras.
She declined to speak to Galway Bay fm News
A special campaign focusing on ability as opposed to ‘disability’ is among the action items which Sean Gallagher has vowed to highlight in the office of President.
The Dragon’s Den star spoke of his visual disability adding he has never been limited by disability, as he made his bid for the Aras in a presentation before city councillors.
The Cavan father of two told the chamber he has massive respect for President Michael D Higgins and is not seeking to be his replacement,but his successor, carrying on the important work he has been doing.
Mr. Gallagher referred to his previous campaign for the Aras in 2011 where he won a nomination from four local authorities to allow him enter the race.
He referred to the controversial tweet which brought his campaign into the spotlight stating it changed the outcome of the election.
The Dragon said he now has the courage to get back up thanked the half a million people who gave him their number one.
Galway native Patrick Feeney was third to make his bid for the presidency before Galway City Councillors advising he will fight for rural Ireland.
The Claddagh man and former Aer Lingus worker ran in the 2016 election as an Independent but was knocked out in the early counts.
He told the chamber he’d like to see an end to the ‘killing of rural Ireland’ and stressed he didn’t want to see any more post office closures.
He suggested building a LUAS from Galway to Clifden and from Galway to Oranmore.
He also spoke of the Tuam mother and baby home and joined calls for an inquest at the burial site.
Peter Casey was next to take to the podium.
The Dragon’s Den star told councillors he has lived one third of his life in Australia, one third in Ireland and the balance in America.
He also advised he began his business in Buncrana 23 years ago and has conducted business in many continents.
Mr. Casey said Ireland can create and engage an active diaspora, galvanising a love for Ireland which could lead to the development of a potent movement.
The Dragon said he believes the presidency shouldn’t be a burden on the Irish taxpayer and that there are ways to monetise it and allow it to pay for itself.
He said he would take the president’s salary but would give it away to charitable causes.
Peter Casey said he is committed to his bid for the Aras and has sold his home in Atlanta and bought a house in Donegal.
James Smyth was fifth to make his case for the presidency.
He said he’s running for the office of president based on three main platforms – the Arts, homelessness and the possible introduction of Article 47 and 48 into the Constitution.
The Navan native informed the chamber he’s an educator, musician and unpaid ambassador.
The lecturer said he is a big fan of Michael D Higgins and thinks he has done a fantastic job but that maybe it’s time for change.
Five more candidates have yet to make a pitch.
The meeting continues at City Hall.
Our reporting team in City Hall is Antoinette Giblin and Niamh Delmer.
Portiuncula Hospital appoints Bereavement Support Midwife
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Portiuncula Hospital in Ballinasloe has appointed Leanne Norton as a Beravement Support Midwife for the hospital.
Ms Norton has previously dealt with bereavement through midwifery experience gained in The Rotunda Hospital in Dublin and Midland Regional Hospital in Mullingar.
The role will see her care for, and support, women, and families dealing with loss of pregnancy, stillbirth or neonatal death.
Leanne said she feels privileged to take on the role, and to provide compassionate, individualised, and culturally sensitive support to patients and their families.
Works on Athenry sewer network worth €13m to begin in March
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Works to provide an upgrade to the sewer network in Athenry are to begin in March.
The €13m scheme will reduce the risk of sewer flooding and address the discharge of non-compliant sewer overflows in the River Clarin.
The project is to be carried out by Coffey Construction and is expected to be completed by the end of 2024.
Eunan Canavan, Wastewater Regional Delivery Lead, explains how this could lead to population growth in the town,
Teddy Bear Hospital at University of Galway wraps up after busy two days
Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Teddy Bear Hospital wrapped up today at the University of Galway after a busy two days.
Children from schools across Galway, from the city to Tuam, Mountbellew and beyond, brought their teddies to the hospital.
The university’s Sláinte Society set up pharmacy, X-ray and surgery stations at the Bailey Allen Hall on campus.
The aim of the event is to familiarise children with a hospital environment to reduce their fear of it.
Pupils explained to our reporters Sarah Slevin and Rachel Timoney why their teddies were attending the hospital today: