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Sunday Times Rich List reveals Galways wealthiest people

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The wealthiest people across Galway have been revealed in the Sunday Times Rich List for 2019.

Glenamaddy brothers Luke and Brian Comer top the list once again, with a combined wealth estimated at one billion euro.

According to the Sunday Times Rich List for 2019, Luke and Brian Comer now command a combined fortune of €1bn – up €91m since this time last year.

Next is Abbeyknockmoy businessman Declan Ganley, who boasts an estimated fortune of €455m – that’s no change in the past 12 months.

Supermacs boss Pat McDonagh and his wife Una now hold a combined wealth of €322m – an extraordinary increase of €165m since March 2018.

They’re also now the 6th richest husband and wife in Ireland.

The owners of Galway-based Smyths Toys – Anthony, Patrick, Thomas and Liam Smyth – are now worth €209m, that’s a slight increase of €2m.

Galway-based engineering and property entrepreneur Padraic McHale, his wife Martina and his brother Martin now control a combined wealth of €182m – the same as last year.

Next is care home Developer and Galway native Bill Hughes, who’s net worth has risen by over €10m to now stand at €144m.

He’s followed by Software engineer and Galway businessman Pearse Mee, who commands a fortune worth €139m – a €1m increase since last year.

Galway man James Murphy, who famously sold his hair restoration product Viviscal for €150m, is now worth an estimated €132m – a drop of over €30m in the past 12 months.

There’s been no change in the estimated wealth of Galway-born construction and property giant Frank Burke, which once again stands at €131m.

Meanwhile, Galway engineer Michael Cotter and his wife Angela, who own Gansu Group, have seen their fortune rise by almost €30m, to now stand at €121m.

Next is Galway resident Gerry Barry, who established Fintrax Group in the Gaeltacht in 1985 – he’s now worth €97m, unchanged since last year.

He’s followed by Thomas and Tom McDonogh, of Thomas McDonagh & Sons providers, who share an estimated wealth of €87m, a marginal increase on last year.

Brothers Eugene, Eamonn and Michael Dalton – who own Galway-based Corrib Oil – now share an estimated wealth of €77m, an increase of €24m in just 12 months.

Ian Quinn – who founded Galway-based medical device firm Creganna with his wife and brother – shares in a joint fortune of €75m, unchanged since March 2018.

Next is Galway geologist Finian O’ Sullivan – who sold Burren Energy in 2007 – and his estimated wealth also remains unchanged at €68m.

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Galway TD slams the health service for the loss of Connemara physiotherapy service

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A Galway TD has slammed the HSE for the loss of a Connemara physiotherapy service.

Fianna Fail Deputy Eamon O Cuiv has voiced his frustration at the planned closure of the Clifden physiotherapy service next month.

The clinic is the only one in Connemara at present, meaning patients will have to travel to Galway city in future for physio appointments.

Deputy O Cuiv says the health service is failing the public.

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Call for re-establishment of critical care mental health team for city and surrounds

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – There are calls for the urgent re-establishment of a mental health critical care team in the city after the service was allegedly discontinued without consultation.

Tuam area councillor Donagh Killilea told a meeting of the Regional Health Forum the service was put in place in June as part of a pilot scheme which was already a success in Roscommon.

As part of the service, a person deemed to be in severe difficulty with mental health was seen by a member of the critical care team in a very short timeframe.

He said the crisis team was wound down in December with two days notice and also claimed GPs, A&E staff and student union offices were not informed and only discovered through a message on the crisis team phoneline.

Saolta officials stated the HSE has reconfigured existing crisis response positions embedding them in local community teams, so that emergency assessments take place nearer to the patient’s home.

Councillor Kililea told the forum the critical care team trial has proved a huge success in Roscommon.

He called on officials to further clarify why it was wound down in Galway without due consultation with GPs and whether the service will be revisited.

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Sinn Fein leadership to hold public rally in the city next week

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Sinn Fein party leadership will host a public rally in the city next week (6/3)

Party leader Mary Lou McDonald and senior members Pearse Doherty and Eoin Ó Broin will join local Sinn Fein representatives at the Galway Bay Hotel in Salthill on Friday week, the 6th of March.

Hundreds of people have already attended rallies in Dublin and Cork, with further events set to take place in Newry and Cavan.

According to the party the rallies are designed to bring the conversation about government formation to the people according to the party.

Fine Gael and Fianna Fail have widely criticised the meetings with Taoiseach Leo Varadker describing them as the ‘next phase in Sinn Féin’s campaign of intimidation and bullying’, while a Fianna Fail TD branded them Trump style rallies.

Sinn Fein Galway West TD Mairead Farrell says the rallies are a normal way to interact with the public – to hear a full interview with Deputy Farrell, tune in to FYI Galway@5

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