Galway Bay fm newsroom – The wealthiest people across Galway have been revealed in the Sunday Times Rich List for 2018.
Glenamaddy brothers Luke and Brian Comer top the list once again, with a combined wealth estimated at almost one billion euro.
According to the Sunday Times Rich List for 2018, Luke and Brian Comer now command a combined fortune of 909 million euro – a marginal increase of 3 million on last year.
Next is Abbeyknockmoy businessman Declan Ganley, who boasts a fortune worth an estimated 455 million euro – down 16 million this year.
The owners of Galway-based Smyths Toys – Anthony, Patrick, Thomas and Liam Smyth – are worth 207 million euro.
Galway-based engineering and property entrepreneur Padraic McHale, his wife Martina and his brother Martin control a combined wealth of 182 million.
While Galway man James Murphy, who sold his hair restoration product Viviscal last year for €150 million, is now worth an estimated 165 million euro.
Supermacs boss Pat McDonagh and his wife Una hold a combined wealth of 157 million euro – however, that’s a drop of almost 40 million since last year.
They’re followed by Software engineer and Galway businessman Pearse Mee, who commands a fortune worth 138 million.
Next is care home Developer and Galway native Bill Hughes, who commands a personal fortune of 133 million euro.
Galway native and construction giant Frank Burke, who established property developer Farmglade in the late 90s, is now worth an estimated 131 million euro.
While Galway engineer Michael Cotter and his wife Angela, who own Gansu Group, are worth a combined total of 93 million.
Next are Thomas and Tom McDonogh, of Thomas McDonagh & Sons providers, who share an estimated wealth of 86 million.
While Robert and Michael Ward, who own a majority share in Kilcolgan based Ward & Burke Construction, are worth 79 million.
Ian Quinn – who founded Galway-based medical device firm Creganna with his wife and brother – shares in a joint fortune of 75 millon.
Following is Galway geologist Finian O’ Sullivan – who sold Burren Energy in 2007 – and is now worth 68 million.
Brothers Eugene, Eamonn and Michael Dalton – who own Galway-based Corrib Oil – share an estimated wealth of 53 million.
While Galway native and property developer Joe Higgins, who made almost 40 million euro in the 90s from the sale of his computer cabinet firm, is now worth 52 million euro.
City Councillor backs calls from Water Safety Ireland warning about inflatable toys in open water as World Drowning Prevention Day is marked
Galway Bay FM Newsroom – Galway City Councillor Niall McNelis has backed calls by Water Safety Ireland warning the public against using inflatable toys in open water.
Today marks World Drowning Prevention Day and the city councillor said they should never be used at rivers, lakes and beaches.
Lifeguards trained by Water Safety Ireland have also seen an increase in the use of inflatable toys such as air mattresses, boats and inflatable rings.
Both the Irish Coast Guard and Irish Water Safety organisations have called on everybody to redouble their efforts to ensure that basic safety precautions are observed when recreating on or near the water.
Councillor McNelis said that the lead of Clare and Waterford County Councils to ban inflatables from bathing areas should be followed nationally.
1,126 new cases of Covid-19 reported nationally
Galway Bay FM Newsroom – The Department of Health has reported 1,126 new cases of Covid-19 this afternoon.
123 patients are currently being treated in Irish hospitals with the virus in comparison with 105 yesterday.
Of those, 22 are in intensive care units, an increase of one.
The five-day moving average in Ireland has risen to 1,285, compared to 1,101 this day last week.
The 14-day incidence rate per 100,000 of the population now stands at 321, while the seven-day moving average is 1,229.
The head of the HSE says almost 70 percent of the adult population is now fully vaccinated against Covid-19.
Paul Reid says more than 5.5 million doses have been administered so far.
He says over 80 percent of adults have now had at least one dose.
LISTEN: Independent Deputy asks NTA to investigate decision to cancel 20 and x20 bus routes that services towns and villages in East Galway
Galway Bay FM Newsroom – The decision to cancel the existing 20 and x 20 bus routes that services Loughrea has been criticised by independent deputy Sean Canney.
Bus Éireann said that the decision was taken to safeguard the viability of the 14 remaining routes following significant losses in 2020 and projected continuing losses over the next three years.
The route also services Craughwell, Aughrim and Ballinasloe.
Deputy Canney this morning has voiced his opposition to this decision saying that it was a total contradiction of Government policy to provide public transport as a means of reducing the number of cars on our roads.
He added that it was a further insult to rural people and denies them access to public transport.
Speaking to Galway Bay FM News, Deputy Canney said the government should take control of this issue and has also asked the NTA to investigate this decision.