TALLIES: Fine Gael will struggle to hold seat in City East

Fine Gael will struggle to hold its seat in Galway City East. City Councillor John Walsh – a brother of former Fine Gael TD in Galway West, Brian Walsh – is on 5.7% with three-quarters...

TALLIES: Cheevers looks set to take a seat in City East

With just over half the boxes tallied for Galway City East, Fianna Fáil’s Alan Cheevers looks set to take a seat, polling at over 17 per cent of first preferences. With Mervue, Ballybane and Tirellan...
New Galway East TD Sean Canney with his wife Gearldine.

Deal demands better focus on rural Ireland initiatives

A concession on turf cutting, an examination of the decision to close rural Garda stations and post offices – as well as flood alleviation – are all on the shopping list for at least...
The Murphy family at Leinster House. From left: Nadine Murphy, Eugene Murphy TD, Linda Murphy, Rian Muphy and Eugene's mother Margaret (80). Photos: Gerry Stronge.

Focus very much on family during first day in the Dail

Five years ago a North Galway woman made national headlines when she drove across the concrete plinth in front of Leinster House on her first day as a TD. Mary Mitchell O’Connor – originally from...
Edel and Paul Connaughton at the count in New Inn. photo: Gerry Stronge.

Curtain comes down on Connaughton era

It was the end of a political dynasty – the last time the Connaughton name would be on an election ticket…for the time being at least. Former TD Paul Connaughton has announced his intention to...
The Three Amigos. The three east Galway TDS after being elected in New Inn Sean Canney, Anne Rabbitte and Ciaran Cannon. Photo: Gerry Stronge

New faces take two of three seats in slimmed-down Galway East

There are two new faces in the Galway East constituency – but the weekend poll also marked the end of an era as a political dynasty suffered election defeat. Fianna Fail’s internal battle saw Anne...

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