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Row over new Mayor is settled by FG HQ

Bernie Ni Fhlatharta

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Date Published: 16-May-2011

BY ENDA CUNNINGHAM

The row over the Mayoral chain between two city Fine Gael councillors has been settled, following an intervention from party headquarters.

It has been agreed that Hildegarde Naughton will be the ‘Mayoral Pact’ nominee for the next Mayor of Galway, when a vote is held next month.

However, it’s understood that the pact (between the three Fine Gael and three Fianna Fáil and the three former PD councillors) could be facing collapse unless Cllr Naughton apologises for an accusation she made last January that her colleagues were “doing the bidding” of “elite vested interests” when it came to land rezoning decisions.

But she said yesterday there would be no apologies for her comments.

“I make no apologies. I made my stance very clear on planning issues and what my reasons were. I believe it was the right thing to do and continue to believe that,” she told the Sentinel yesterday (Monday).

Last week, Fine Gael’s General Secretary asked Deputy Brian Walsh to intervene in the row, because it was seen by angry Fine Gaelers as “an embarrassment to the party”.

Under the terms of a Mayoral Pact agreed in 2009, Cllr Naughton was due to serve as Mayor for 2011-12. However, following the election of Brian Walsh to the Dáil and subsequent co-option of Frank Fahy to the City Council, Cllr Padraig Conneely entered a separate deal which would see him elected Mayor – for the second time in four years.

However, the matter was resolved on Sunday at a meeting with Brian Walsh and FG Constituency Chairperson Enda Howley – Cllr Naughton will be the party nominee for Mayor next month. They have also agreed to support Cllr Terry O’Flaherty for Mayor in 2012-13 with Frank Fahy as Deputy Mayor, while Cllr Conneely will be the nomination for Mayor in 2013-14.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Sentinel.

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Appeal for information following Portumna crash

Bernie Ni Fhlatharta

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Date Published: 08-May-2013

Gardai are appealing for witnesses following a single vehicle crash at the Portumna bridge this morning.

The road from Nenagh to Loughrea reopened shortly after 11 this morning following the completion of a technical exam.

Four men were travelling in a van when they hit the Portumna bridge around 6:30 this morning.

Gardaí, ambulance and two units of Portumna fire services rushed to the scene, and one of the men was taken to Portiuncula hospital in Ballinasloe.

He is being treated for head injuries, which have been described by Gardaí as serious.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Portumna Garda station on 09-097-42060

 

 

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President Higgins among GMIT’s first ever honorary fellowships

Bernie Ni Fhlatharta

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Date Published: 10-May-2013

GMIT is to honour seven outstanding individuals including President Michael D Higgins with Honorary Fellowships at a special ceremony later this month.

It’s the first time in the 40 year history of the Institute the Governing Body of GMIT has decided to award honorary fellowships.

The GMIT Honorary Fellowships will be conferred at the g Hotel in the city this day two weeks Friday 24 May at 2.30pm in front of 200 invited guests.

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Galway commuters hold their breath as LRC intervenes in bus strike

Bernie Ni Fhlatharta

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Date Published: 13-May-2013

Galway commuters are holding their breath as there has been a potential breakthrough in the Bus Eireann dispute, as both sides have agreed to talks at the Labour Relations Commission.

The LRC intervened this afternoon, on day two of strike action that has seen 95 per cent of bus services disrupted across the country.

The LRC’s Director of Conciliation Services, Kevin Foley, says the National Bus and Rail Union and the company have agreed to meet for mediated talks at 8 this evening.

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