Independent candidate Catherine Connolly speaking with Brendan Coffey at the Galway West count at the Bailey Allen Hall, NUI Galway.

Connolly not just Queen of the Claddagh!

Catherine Connolly is not only the undisputable Queen of the Claddagh – but also the most popular politician in many parts of Galway city. Deputy Connolly along with another new city-based TD in the 32nd...
Cllr Catherine Connolly, Galway West independent candidate, celebrates with her husband Brian McEnery, family members and friends, after she was elected.

No going back for Connolly

By Stephen Corrigan Newly elected Independent TD for Galway West Catherine Connolly has emphatically ruled out ever returning to the Labour Party following her election on Sunday evening. Just minutes after her election, the outgoing city...
John Connolly, at NUI Galway on Sunday during the counting of votes for Galway West. Photograph: Joe O'Shaughnessy.

FF’s Connolly rues missed chance for second seat

Better vote management could have delivered a second seat for Fianna Fáil, according to one of its three candidates in Galway West. Former City Councillor, John Connolly, said the Fianna Fáil organisation has questions to...
Eamon O Cuiv is elected on the 9th count in the Bailey Allen Hall at NUI Galway.

Galway West poll-topper only rules out formal Coalition

By Stephen Corrigan Galway West poll-topper Éamon Ó Cuív gave the clearest indication yet that he would be prepared to support a Fine Gael-led minority government, following his election on Sunday morning. According to Deputy Ó...
Eamon O Cuiv’s grandsons Eamon (6) and Sean (5) watch the Galway West count in the Bailey Allen Hall at NUI Galway.

No repeat of 2011 count marathon this time in Galway West

Billed as a possible cliff-hanger, the box-office potential of Galway West didn’t quite materialise. Just as in the GAA where replays rarely meet the expectation created by the drawn matches, this constituency count didn’t deliver...
Fine Gael candidate Sean Kyne after he was elected on the 14th count for Galway West at the Bailey Allen Hall, NUI Galway.

Galway Fine Gael shines in the shambles

Early in the general election campaign, the opinion polls suggested to sitting TD Seán Kyne that Fine Gael would retain two seats in Galway West. But when two exit polls were published, showing a significant...


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