Date Published: 15-Jun-2011
It might be the first major step in a Fianna Fáil revival – the party will be bringing them in from the highways and byways on June 23 as Micheal Martin addresses the assembled troops in the Galway Bay Hotel, in Salthill.
The meeting will be open to all Fianna Fáil supporters and you can be sure that it will carefully watched to see what kind of a crowd they can draw as they begin the process of rebuilding in Galway where they are now reduced to one TD in Galway West, Éamon Ó Cuív.
It will be down to Ó Cuív to bring in the maximum number of his own supporters and bus them in, if necessary – but party sources were playing down the idea of ‘big crowds’ . . . perhaps in the hope that the size of the crowd might surprise us all in the media, but also being careful, at the same time, not to create expectations that might not be met on the night.
City Councillors Mike and Ollie Crowe and Peter Keane will also be expected to play their part in bringing out the grassroots, though there is hardly a great history of people from the city attending political meetings in huge numbers. You can be sure, however, that the word has gone out that there must be a decent crowd.
Keane may now be one of those to watch out for in Galway West in the years to come, but he will have to be one of those to take the party organisation ‘by the scruff of the neck’. The run up to June 23 might not be a bad place to start if he has Dáil ambitions.
Mike Crowe ran on the ticket at the General Election and he and Frank Fahey – a TD for the best part of 30 years – were eliminated. Crowe has indicated that ‘national politics’ are on the back burner as far as he is concerned, though I would not rule out his brother Ollie, who now seems likely to be Deputy Mayor in the coming year, if the Galway Mayoral Pact agreement holds.
Fahey could always count on his own loyal supporters, but, since the election, he has dropped right out of the limelight and it will now be interesting to see how many of his loyal followers turn up on the night. For instance, Fahey had a good following for his campaign on the need for the Galway Outer Bypass and I know faithful followers of his who go right back to 1980.
In a lot of cases a significant number will be people who were intensely loyal to Fahey and were with him from that time around 1980 when the Fahey dream of ‘a TD for South Galway’ was launched. It was realised in a very short time indeed and later he moved to Galway City when a revision of the constituency meant he had to move.
He made minister and junior minister, but the career ended in February last when the Fianna Fáil vote in Galway West fell over 16% in a national wipeout in which hugely well known names were defeated all over the country.
However, there is a bit of a history in Galway of Fianna Fáil bringing out the attendances when they are in trouble – the night Bobby Molloy left to join the PDs, they packed defiantly into Flannery’s Hotel in big numbers.
Judge adjourns Connemara assault case
Date Published: 08-May-2013
A date will be set next October for the trial of a 52-year old Connemara man, who is charged with assaulting traditional Irish musician Noel Hill five years ago.
Michael Folan from Teach Mór, Lettermullen, is charged with intentionally or recklessly causing serious harm to Noel Hill at Tí Padraig Mairtín Beag in Leitir Mór, on St Stephen’s Day, 2008.
The matter had been listed for trial on several occasions before Galway Circuit Criminal Court in the intervening period.
It was referred to the High Court in Dublin last year for judicial review after Michael Folan said he wanted his trial heard ‘as Gaeilge’and that a bi-lingual jury be made available to hear the case.
At Galway Circuit Criminal Court, Judge Rory McCabe adjourned the case for mention to October when it’s expected a date will be set for trial.
Bank of Ireland Galway Shopping Centre branch to close
Date Published: 10-May-2013
Bank of Ireland’s branch at Galway Shopping Centre on the Headford Road is to close in July.
The branch is to merge into the BOI outlet at Galway Industrial Estate in Mervue.
Galway Bay fm news reports the 14 staff impacted are to be offered redeployment and there will be no job losses.
Galway RNLI rescues three people stranded on Hare Island
Date Published: 13-May-2013
Galway RNLI Lifeboat has come to the rescue of three students who got stranded on Hare Island after getting caught in the tide off Ballyloughan Beach.
The two girls and boy, in their late teens had gone for a walk and were spotted waving from the island by a local resident who contacted the emergency Services and Galway Lifeboat.
Conditions at the time (4pm) were very changeable with heavy showers.
Three members of the Lifeboat shore crew were working in the vicinity of the station at the time and launched the boat in six minutes.
The three students were picked up safely and brought back to the Lifeboat Station at Galway Docks where they were warmed up and given tea and did not require medical attention.