Fine Gael Galway West candidate Senator Hildegarde Naughton celebrates her election with her parents Marguerite and PJ and brother Derek (right), at the Bailey Allen Hall, NUI Galway.

Dail seat sets seal on rise of new star

She was one of Fine Gael’s success stories on the national stage on a day when they were few and far between – but Hildegarde Naughton views her election to the Dail as indicative...
Fidelma Healy Eames

Senator Healy Eames surprise at decrease in vote

Fidelma Healy Eames has expressed surprise at her massive drop in support in Galway West – to the same level she achieved when she first campaigned for the Dáil fifteen years ago. Polling just 1,394...
Independent candidate Noel Grealish after he was elected on the 13th count in Galway West.

Grealish says it’s good to talk

Independent TD for Galway West – and potential government kingmaker – Noel Grealish is willing to talk to all political parties attempting to put together a government. The Carnmore man – who secured 7,187 first...
Sinn Fein Galway West candidate Trevor O Clochartaigh with party member Staphanie Flaherty Klapp at the Galway West count in the Bailey Allen Hall at NUI Galway.

Sinn Féin to look closely at what went wrong

Sinn Féin will be carrying out a post mortem on the party’s support in Galway West after failing to win a seat, despite an exceptionally strong first preference vote. Senator Trevor Ó Clochartaigh believes that...
Derek Nolan at the Count in the Bailey Allen Hall at NUI Galway.

Shell-shocked Labour may return to Higgins dynasty to rebuild Galway West base

The Higgins name may make a comeback to resurrect the Labour Party’s Dáil seat lost in Galway West. Derek Nolan, who topped the poll in 2011, lost the seat held by Michael D Higgins for...
Social Democrats candidate Niall O Tuathiall with his team at NUI Galway during the counting of votes for Galway West.

Social Democrats will hold onto the posters

By Stephen Corrigan The Social Democrats new standard bearer for Galway West has not ruled out the possibility of another General Election before the end of the year. Niall Ó Tuaithail made the remarks as he...


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