Date Published: 21-Jun-2012
The Taoiseach says the Government will implement in full the recommendations in the Constituency Commission’s report.
Enda Kenny’s own constituency of Mayo is a major casualty going from 5 seats to 4, and part of it – Ballinrobe and its hinterland – is going into Galway West
From a national perspective the report says there should be a reduction in the number of electoral divisions from 43 to 40 – along with a shake-up in all but eight constituencies.
Galway West isn’t being shook up too much apart from the addition of part of south Mayo but the existing Galway East is being hit with major change
It’s to be reduced from 4 seats to 3 seat and as a result will lose part of its population to Roscommon and be part of the new 3 seat constituency of Galway/Roscommon
We’ll be looking at this in more detail in just a few minutes
Nationally, the Commission is also calling for the number of TDs to be cut by eight before the next General Election – from 166 Dail members to 158.
Enda Kenny says the recommendations will form part of the Goverment’s plan to reduce the size of the Oireachtas.
Appeal for information following Portumna crash
Date Published: 08-May-2013
Gardai are appealing for witnesses following a single vehicle crash at the Portumna bridge this morning.
The road from Nenagh to Loughrea reopened shortly after 11 this morning following the completion of a technical exam.
Four men were travelling in a van when they hit the Portumna bridge around 6:30 this morning.
Gardaí, ambulance and two units of Portumna fire services rushed to the scene, and one of the men was taken to Portiuncula hospital in Ballinasloe.
He is being treated for head injuries, which have been described by Gardaí as serious.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Portumna Garda station on 09-097-42060
President Higgins among GMIT’s first ever honorary fellowships
Date Published: 10-May-2013
GMIT is to honour seven outstanding individuals including President Michael D Higgins with Honorary Fellowships at a special ceremony later this month.
It’s the first time in the 40 year history of the Institute the Governing Body of GMIT has decided to award honorary fellowships.
The GMIT Honorary Fellowships will be conferred at the g Hotel in the city this day two weeks Friday 24 May at 2.30pm in front of 200 invited guests.
Galway commuters hold their breath as LRC intervenes in bus strike
Date Published: 13-May-2013
Galway commuters are holding their breath as there has been a potential breakthrough in the Bus Eireann dispute, as both sides have agreed to talks at the Labour Relations Commission.
The LRC intervened this afternoon, on day two of strike action that has seen 95 per cent of bus services disrupted across the country.
The LRC’s Director of Conciliation Services, Kevin Foley, says the National Bus and Rail Union and the company have agreed to meet for mediated talks at 8 this evening.