Sinn Fein Galway West candidate Trevor O Clochartaigh with party member Stephanie Flaherty Klapp at the Galway West count in the Bailey Allen Hall at NUI Galway.

Transfers highlight PR vagaries

The fourth most popular candidate in Galway West, based on first preference votes cast, did not get elected, but the seventh most popular candidate did, highlighting the importance of transfers under proportional representation single...
Eamon O Cuiv

West is the best for poll-topper Ó Cuív

Éamon Ó Cuív, the king of Connemara, pulled more votes the further west of Galway city the ballot boxes were stationed. The poll-topper was by far the most popular politician west of Galway city, apart...
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...
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...
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...


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