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Separate Dáil controversies put Galway TDs in spotlight

Dara Bradley

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Noel Grealish: has a pairing arrangement with Fine Gael. Hildegarde Naughton: Voted 'on less than a handful of occasions' for colleagues who were in the Dáil chamber.

A Galway TD frequently missed votes in Dáil Éireann on days he had clocked-in and claimed expenses. The revelation comes as another Galway TD became embroiled in the Dáil voting controversy.

Galway West TD, Noel Grealish, has been named among a cohort of deputies who recorded their attendance in Leinster House, which they must do to claim travel and accommodation expenses, on days when there are votes in the Dáil, but they did not take part in those votes.

The RTÉ Investigates unit analysed TDs’ official attendance and voting records published by the Houses of the Oireachtas and reconciled the attendance-days released under the Freedom of Information Act. In order to claim the TAA (Travel and Accommodation Allowance) scheme, TDs must record their attendance in the Dáil.

According to the analysis by RTÉ, Independent Deputy Grealish was recorded as being present on 66 days in which he missed all the votes, between March 2016 and July 2019. He had signed in for 145 voting days in total during that period, meaning he missed the full day’s votes 45.5% of the time. RTÉ found that between March 2016 and the end of 2018, Deputy Grealish claimed €87,000 in TAA expenses.

Deputy Grealish, in a statement to Galway City Tribune, said he had a pairing arrangement with Fine Gael, which facilitates Ministers to be absent from votes to conduct Government business.

“In previous Dáil terms, the main opposition party provided pairs for the Government to enable them to carry out official duties. As part of the current Dáil, Fianna Fáil are in a confidence and supply situation and cannot provide pairs. I provide pairs when asked by Ministers to enable them to carry out crucial Brexit negotiations and EU business,” he said.

Pairing is an arrangement where a TD from one party agrees with a TD of an opposing party not to vote in a particular division, giving both TDs the opportunity to be elsewhere. Deputy Grealish was fourth in the list of TDs who recorded attendance but missed votes and he followed Kerry brothers Michael Healy-Rae and Danny Healy-Rae, and former Taoiseach Enda Kenny.

For more, read this week’s Galway City Tribune.

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Three refused bail on violent disorder charges

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Longford Courthouse

Three men who were arrested this morning as part of a Garda investigation into violent disorder at a funeral in Mervue last year, have been denied bail by a District Court Judge.

Denis Hannafin, Curry; Robbie Hannafin, Corboy, Edgeworthstown and Tommy Hannafin, Dublin Road – all in Longford – were charged with violent disorder in connection with an incident which occurred outside Holy Family funeral home on in January 13 last year.

Detective Garda Ronan Leonard told the court this morning that CCTV footage showed a number of members of the Hannafin family outside the funeral home on January 13, 2019, at approximately 3.15pm, when a number of members of the McGinley family made their way towards them.

An altercation ensued, which resulted in one member of the McGinley family suffering a gunshot wound, while another received a stab wound to the back. A third man suffered acid wounds.

Gardaí explained that there is a feud going on between the two families, which began when juvenile members of the families got into a fight at a pool hall.

Detective Leonard voiced concerns that if the three accused were granted bail, they would commit further offences and intimidate members of the McGinley family.

Judge Seamus Hughes had remanded the three accused in custody to Harristown District Court next Friday, February 28.

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Three arrested in investigation into violent incidents outside church

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Three men will appear in court this morning charged in relation to an number of incidents in Mervue last year. A man suffered a gunshot wound during one of the incidents. 

Gardaí in Longford arrested three males this morning in relation to incidents outside Mervue Church on January 13 last year.

The three males, two aged in their early 40s and the third in his late 30s are due to appear before Longford District Court this morning.

Following a funeral at the church, a man in his 30s received a gunshot wound to the leg and was treated in University Hospital Galway.

A second man in his late teens received a stab wound to the back and was taken to UHG for treatment.

A third man received minor injuries in an assault on Walter Macken Road.

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Mice the suspects in University Hospital Galway kitchen closure

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The Old Nurses’ Home at UHG. The kitchens are to the rear of this building.

The main production kitchen in University Hospital Galway has been closed since last Thursday as a result of suspected rodent activity – with patients and staff being kept in the dark as to the reason food options have been limited for the past week.

The Galway City Tribune understands that kitchen staff were called to a meeting on February 13 to inform them that there was an issue with gas, and as a result, the production kitchen would be closed until further notice.

Following this, staff at the hospital discovered a dead mouse on the premises on Sunday – resulting in the continued closure of kitchen facilities used to feed over 700 patients.

However, the majority of staff have not been officially informed of the real reason the closure had to be enforced – rumours are rife in the hospital with many now aware that it’s as a result of a possible mice infestation.

Eyebrows were raised by staff when it was suggested that an issue with gas supply was at the root of the problem, as the staff canteen in the Old Nurses’ Home has remained operational.

Throughout the week, food options available to patients have become further curtailed – with breakfast limited to cereals, while porridge is unavailable.

Lunches consist of pre-packed sandwiches and salads with tea or coffee, while patients on special diets are being catered for.

The only hot food being made available to patients is being cooked at Merlin Park University Hospital and being transferred across the city by van in evening rush hour.

As a result of this logistical nightmare, patients are receiving their first and only hot meal of the day just before 6pm each evening – anything between 45 minutes and an hour later than normal.

Sources in the hospital told the Tribune that staff from UHG are unable to enter the kitchen at Merlin Park until after 3pm as the kitchen there is run by HSE staff – UHG’s kitchen is run by Aramark, a private contractor.

One staff member who spoke to the Tribune said this incident had highlighted the serious lack of contingency planning in the hospital in relation to the preparation of food – pointing out that if there happened to be a particularly bad traffic snarl up, for example, patients would be left hungry.

For more, read this week’s Galway City Tribune.

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