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Tenth Count Athenry Oranmore LEA: Former Mayor makes stunning comeback

Declan Tierney

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The seven seats in the Athenry Oranmore area have been filled.

Former County Mayor Liam Carroll from Oranmore makes a dramatic return to Galway County Council having lost his seat back in 2014

He along with fellow Fine Gael colleague David Collins from Turloughmore and Athenry’s Shelly Herterich Quinn have joined James Charity (Ind), Albert Dolan (FF), Jim Cuddy (Ind) and Gabe Cronnelly (Ind) who were all elected earlier.

The candidate to lose out is Claregalway’s Josette Farrell who ran as an independent for the second successive election without success.

Liam Carroll said that he was delighted to be back in Galway County Council despite the Oranmore area having been split in two with part of it going into the Gort-Kinvara area, which he totally disagreed with.

Carroll was first elected in 2009 and held the position of County Mayor in 2014.

Albert Dolan, David Collins and Shelly Herterich Quinn are elected to the Council for the first time.

Athenry-Oranmore LEA

Total electorate 23,796

Seats 7

Total poll 12,717

Invalid votes 202

Total valid poll 12,515

Quota 1,565

 

First count

James Charity (Ind) 1,792

Albert Dolan (FF) 1,720

Jim Cuddy (Ind) 1,457

Gabe Cronnelly (Ind) 1,226

David Collins (FG) 1,163

Liam Carroll (FG) 885

Michael Hannon (FF) 753

Shelly Herterich Quinn (FF) 745

Helen Jennings (FG) 734

Josette Farrell (Ind) 647

Louis O’Hara (SF) 507

Kenneth Keavey (GP) 497

Marian Spellman (Lab) 206

Amanda McManus (Ren) 183

 

Charity and Dolan elected

 

Second count

(Distribution of Charity’s surplus)

 

Jim Cuddy (Ind) 1,530

Gabe Cronnelly (Ind) 1,235

David Collins (FG) 1,182

Liam Carroll (FG) 899

Michael Hannon (FF)  785

Shelly Herterich Quinn (FF) 750

Helen Jennings (FG) 738

Josette Farrell (Ind) 664

Kenneth Keavey (GP) 528

Louis O’Hara (SF) 519

Marian Spellman (Lab) 213

Amanda McManus (Ren) 187

 

Third count

(Distribution of Dolan’s surplus)

 

Jim Cuddy (Ind) 1,540

Gabe Cronnelly (Ind) 1,253

David Collins (FG) 1,203

Liam Carroll (FG) 904

Michael Hannon (FF) 810

Shelly Herterich Quinn (FF) 788

Helen Jennings (FG) 749

Josette Farrell (Ind) 667

Louis O’Hara (SF) 535

Kenneth Keavey (GP) 532

Marian Spellman (Lab) 216

Amanda McManus (Ren) 188

 

McManus and Spellman eliminated

 

Fourth count

(Distribution of McManus’ and Spellman’s votes)

Jim Cuddy (Ind) 1,630

Gabe Cronnelly (Ind) 1,280

David Collins (FG) 1,216

Liam Carroll (FG) 926

Michael Hannon (FF) 820

Shelly Herterich Quinn (FF) 820

Helen Jennings (FG) 792

Josette Farrell (Ind) 696

Kenneth Keavey (GP) 591

Louis O’Hara (SF) 555

 

Cuddy elected

 

Fifth count

(Distribution of Cuddy’s surplus)

 

Gabe Cronnelly (Ind) 1,289

David Collins (FG) 1,219

Liam Carroll (FG) 926

Michael Hannon (FF) 830

Shelly Herterich Quinn (FF) 824

Helen Jennings (FG) 793

Josette Farrell (Ind) 710

Kenneth Keavey (GP) 595

Louis O’Hara (SF) 556

O’Hara eliminated

Sixth count

(Distribution of O’Hara’s votes)

Gabe Cronnelly (Ind) +129 1,418

David Collins (FG) +31 1,250

Liam Carroll (FG) +23 956

Michael Hannon (FF) +23 853

Shelly Herterich Quinn (FF) +49 853

Helen Jennings (FG) +49 842

Josette Farrell (Ind) +40 750

Kenneth Keavey (GP) +84 679

Keavey eliminated

 

Seventh count

(Distribution of Keavey’s votes)

 

Gabe Cronnelly (Ind) 1,512

David Collins (FG) 1,295

Liam Carroll (FG) 1,003

Shelly Herterich Quinn (FF) 916

Helen Jennings (FG) 910

Josette Farrell (Ind) 886

Michael Hannon (FF) 864

 

Hannon eliminated

 

Eighth count

(Distribution of Hannon’s votes)

 

Gabe Cronnelly (Ind) (+35) 1,547

David Collins (FG) (+118) 1,413

Shelly Herterich Quinn (FF) (+225) 1,141

Josette Farrell (Ind) (+219) 1,105

Liam Carroll (FG) (+38) 1,041

Helen Jennings (FG) (+23) 933

 

Jennings eliminated

 

Ninth count

(Distribution of Jennings’ votes)

Gabe Cronnelly (Ind) (+253) 1,800

David Collins (FG) (+147) 1,560

Shelly Herterich Quinn (FF) (+185) 1,326

Liam Carroll (FG) (+145) 1,186

Josette Farrell (Ind) (+33) 1,138

 

Cronnelly elected

 

Tenth count

(Distribution of Cronnelly’s surplus)

 

David Collins (FG) (+36) 1,596

Shelly Herterich Quinn (FF) (+78) 1,404

Liam Carroll (FG) (+38) 1,224

Josette Farrell (Ind) (+10) 1,148

David Collins elected; Shelly Herterich Quinn and Liam Carroll elected without reaching the quota.

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Security provides the solid foundation for life well lived

Dave O'Connell

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A Different View with Dave O’Connell

Money can’t buy you love, according to the Beatles – but it can at least sort out your future security…and it’s that absence of security, in all of its aspects and guises, that lies so firmly at the core of so many people’s stress.

Most obviously, a lack of money means you cannot guarantee a roof over your head – and as a recent EU report on Ireland admitted, this has now become a source of ‘permanent insecurity’ for so many.

The point of the European Social Policy Network report was to lay the blame for this at the feet of successive Irish Governments for over-relying on the private sector to provide housing – therefore leaving those who cannot afford that option in the lurch.

But security, or the lack of it, goes much deeper than having a place to live – even if it still revolves around materialism. Workers, for example, wonder if their job is safe in these uncertain economic times.

And perhaps it’s always been this way – and there have obviously been deeper recessions and massive closures in the past – but that job security that other generations took for granted is now so rarely the reality.

Every parents’ hope for their children was to see them into a permanent and pensionable job; a place to work for life, secure in the knowledge that the odds were stacked in your favour of making it through to the other end.

Nobody talks about that anymore; those seeking employment now would not alone fail to recognise the notion of permanent and pensionable; they would positively recoil from the idea of starting a job today and retiring from the same place in around 40 years’ time.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Luxurious family residence boasts contemporary design and stunning views

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This luxurious A-rated family home in Barna provides the homeowner with a contemporary design emphasising the scintillating views over the hills of Clare and the Burren.

In an enviable location just one kilometre from the village –which offers amenities such as excellent schools, crèche facilities, restaurants, cafes, shopping facilities and The Twelve Hotel – the property at Dreasla is also just a five-minute drive from Salthill Prom.

Spanning 3,700 square feet, this home has been thoughtfully designed for the family, with lots of light-filled space, incredible views and uncompromising finishes with an A-rated energy certification.

Standing on a commanding elevated site of a half-acre, the grounds are professionally landscaped and manicured with magnificent mature trees bordering the site, complementing the uninterrupted views from the family rooms, bedrooms and verandas.

There are three separate south-facing outside terraces/verandas and a large garage.

The architecturally designed accommodation comprises feature entrance foyer, lounge with stunning sea views, playroom/downstairs bedroom, large open plan kitchen/dining/living area, utility and downstairs bathroom.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Shining a light on bygone days at UCG

Judy Murphy

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Historian Jackie Uí Chionna at the NUI Galway Quad. Many former students recalled picking their subjects based on the length of queues for registration. That took place in the Aula Maxima, which is behind her.

Lifestyle – A new oral history of Galway’s university from 1930-1980, with contributions from students and staff from that era, offers a refreshing insight into Ireland’s social and economic history as well as charting the development of UCG from a small university to the institution it has become today. Its author Jackie Uí Chionna tells JUDY MURPHY how it came about.

When Waterford student Bobby Curran entered UCG on a scholarship in 1955, having achieved one of the top five Leaving Cert results in Ireland, he intended taking up medicine.

But his dream came to an end on registration day, following a discussion with the college registrar and secretary, Professor James Mitchell.

Professor Mitchell asked the young Bobby about his background. Bobby explained that his mother, a widow, was a farmer while one of his brothers worked at home and the other was in England.

Professor Mitchell told Bobby there was a problem. If the young man were to qualify as a doctor, he would then have to buy a medical practice. The registrar asked Bobby if his mother could afford that expense and Bobby quickly realised medicine wasn’t an option.

Instead, he studied maths and maths physics and did brilliantly. Bobby graduated in 1958, going on to become Director of Computer Services at UCG.

That story, about how his background dictated Bobby’s choice of course and career, is one of many fascinating memories from former students and employees of UCG included in a new history of the college.

An Oral History of University College Galway, 1930-1980: A University in Living Memory, offers an insight into life in UCG during that a 50-year period. It also shines a light on the broader social and economic landscape of the newly independent Ireland.

Its stories capture the struggles faced by people whose families couldn’t afford to send them to university and the transformation that began in the early 1970s as government’s Free Education scheme began to have an impact. It also details how women began to have greater access to third-level education – among them Budge Clissmann (formerly Elizabeth Mulcahy), who graduated in the 1930s, and quickly learned that women (even those highly qualified in French) were unofficially prohibited from employment in the Department of Foreign Affairs.

An Oral History of University College Galway, 1930-80 is the work of historian Jacki Uí Chionna, who feels “it will add enormously to the understanding of the history of education in Ireland”.

It will and the real pleasure of this book is how accessibly the information is presented.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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