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Tuam LEA: Keaveney returns as Tom McHugh loses out at the death

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A dramatic night saw the renaissance of one political career as another was brought to a halt – by a margin of ten votes on the seventh and final count.

Long-time Cllr Tom McHugh was just ten votes behind his Fine Gael running mate Andrew Reddington – but that was just enough to give the new arrival the last of seven seats.

Colm Keaveney’s return to the political stage was confirmed in that same count – but in reality the dye was cast two counts earlier with the distribution of Shaun Cunniffe’s vote on his elimination.

That propelled Keaveney – and to an even more dramatic extent, Karey McHugh – up the leader board at expense of the FG hopefuls McHugh and Reddington.

That, in effect left them battling for the final seat – with the sitting Councillor edged out by the narrowest of margins.

 

 

Tuam

Number of seats: 7

Electorate: 25,125

Total poll: 15,067

Spoiled votes: 213

Total valid poll: 14,854

Quota: 1,857

 

First count

Pete Roche (FG) 2,430

Joe Sheridan (FF) 1,544

Donagh Killilea (FF) 1,521

Mary Hoade (FF) 1,455

Andrew Reddington (FG) 1,389

Tom McHugh (FG) 1,258

Colm Keaveney (FF) 1,219

Billy Connelly (Ind) 1,118

Karey McHugh (Ind) 929

Shaun Cunniffe (Ind) 862

Martin Ward (Aontu) 467

Stiofan O Dalaigh (SF) 403

Thomas Niland (Ind) 241

Dermot Ryan (Ind) 18

 

Roche elected

 

 

Second count

(Distribution of Roche’s surplus)

 

Donagh Killilea (FF) (+86) 1,607

Joe Sheridan (FF) (+44) 1,588

Mary Hoade (FF) (+32) 1,487

Andrew Reddington (FG) (+60) 1,449

Tom McHugh (FG) (+118) 1,376

Colm Keaveney (FF) (+52) 1,271

Billy Connelly (Ind) (+34) 1,152

Karey McHugh (Ind) (+91) 1,020

Shaun Cunniffe (Ind) (+24) 886

Martin Ward (Aontu) (+10) 477

Stiofan O Dalaigh (SF) (+11) 414

Thomas Niland (Ind) (+10) 251

Dermot Ryan (Ind) (+1) 19

 

Ryan and Niland eliminated.

 

 

Third count

(Distribution of Ryan’s and Niland’s votes)

 

Donagh Killilea (FF) (+29) 1,636

Joe Sheridan (FF) (+14) 1602

Mary Hoade (FF) (+4) 1,492

Andrew Reddington (FG) (+5) 1,454

Tom McHugh (FG) (+18) 1,394

Colm Keaveney (FF) (+26) 1,297

Billy Connelly (Ind) (+13) 1,165

Karey McHugh (Ind) (+47) 1,067

Shaun Cunniffe (Ind) (+49) 935

Martin Ward (Aontu) (+14) 491

Stiofan O Dalaigh (SF) (+24) 438

 

O Dalaigh and Ward eliminated

 

 

Fourth count

Donagh Killilea (FF) (+62) 1,698

Joe Sheridan (FF) (+47) 1,649

Mary Hoade (FF) (+37) 1,529

Andrew Reddington (FG) (+58) 1,512

Colm Keaveney (FF) (+161) 1,458

Tom McHugh (FG) (+48) 1,442

Billy Connelly (Ind) (+88) 1,253

Karey McHugh (Ind) (+175) 1,242

Shaun Cunniffe (Ind) (+101) 1,036

 

Cunniffe eliminated

 

 

Fifth count

(Distribution of Cunniffe’s vote)

Donagh Killilea (FF) (+195) 1,893

Joe Sheridan (FF) (+77) 1,726

Colm Keaveney (FF) (+172) 1,630

Karey McHugh (Ind) (+329) 1,571

Mary Hoade (FF) (+24) 1,553

Andrew Reddington (FG) (+21) 1,533

Tom McHugh (FG) (+67) 1,509

Billy Connelly (Ind) (+45) 1,298

 

Killilea elected; Connelly eliminated)

 

 

 

Sixth count

(Distribution of Connelly’s vote)

Joe Sheridan (FF) (+115) 1,841

Mary Hoade (FF) (+287) 1,840

Karey McHugh (+235) 1,806

Colm Keaveney (FF) (+124) 1,754

Andrew Reddington (FG) (156) 1,689

Tom McHugh (FG) (+167) 1,676

 

 

Seventh count

(Distribution of Killilea’s surplus)

Joe Sheridan (FF) (+5) 1,846

Mary Hoade (FF) (+1) 1,841

Karey McHugh (Ind) (+18) 1,824

Colm Keaveney (FF) (+7) 1,761

Andrew Reddington (FG) (+1) 1,690

Tom McHugh (FG) (+4) 1,680

 

Sheridan elected; Hoade, McHugh K, Keaveney and Reddington elected without reaching the quota

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Paedophile sentenced to a further 17 months in prison

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A convicted paedophile, described by a Garda as ‘a prolific child abuser’, has had a 17-month prison sentence added to a 13-year sentence he is already serving for the rape and sexual abuse of children.

Disgraced primary school teacher and summer school bus driver, 69-year-old Seosamh Ó Ceallaigh, a native of Tuirín, Béal a’ Daingin, Conamara, had at all times denied two charges of indecently assaulting a ten-year-old boy at a Gaeltacht summer school in Béal a’ Daingin in 1979.

The offence carries a maximum two-year sentence.

A jury found him guilty by majority verdict following a four-day trial at Galway Circuit Criminal Court last month.

At his sentence hearing last week, Detective Paul Duffy described Ó Ceallaigh as a prolific child abuser who had amassed 125 child abuse convictions, committed while he was a primary school teacher in Dublin and while he operated an Irish language summer school in Beal a’ Daingin.

They included convictions for rape and sexual assault for which he is currently serving sentences totalling 13 years.

Those sentences were due to expire in August 2024, but last week, Judge Rory McCabe imposed two, concurrent 17-month sentences on Ó Ceallaigh, before directing the sentences begin at the termination of the sentences he is currently serving.

The judge noted Ó Ceallaigh’s denial and lack of remorse and the lifelong detrimental effect the abuse had on the victim as aggravating factors.

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Dismay as marine park proposal rejected by planners

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A lifeline project, with the potential to create around 200 long-term jobs in an area of South Connemara ravaged by unemployment and emigration, has been rejected by planners – primarily environmental grounds.
The proposed marine park or Páirc na Mara, east of Cill Chiaráin village, was viewed by many as a real chance to turn the tide for this unemployment blackspot.
Locals – and the vast majority of Galway West politicians – were supportive of the project which was viewed as one that would revitalise the area.
That said, Galway County Council’s decision to refuse permission for the marine park was welcomed by Galway Bay Against Salmon Cages which had expressed fears that the marine farm would extract huge amounts of fresh water to breed more than 1.5 million salmon smolts.
They said that millions of litres of fresh water would have been extracted on a regular basis by the salmon farm company operating the smolt rearing units – from the same lakes as the Carna and Cill Chiaráin water supply system.
“Local residents can now rest assured that their domestic water supply won’t be hijacked to line the pockets of people who have no regard for the local environment or residents,” said Billy Smyth, Chairman of Galway Bay Against Salmon Cages.
It was proposed to provide a marine innovation park Pairc na Mara on a 60-acre brownfield site at Cill Chiarain.
The development involves the provision of a number of marine-based facilities as well as education and research facilities in the townlands of Cill Chiarain, Ardmore and Calvary.
It involves the abstraction of water from Lough Scannan, its transfer to and temporary storage in Iron Lake along with impoundment and pumping to the Marine Park site with a rising main.
According to the application, Galway County Council has previously granted planning permission for aquaculture-based activities on the site of the proposed marine park back in 2002 while the first phase of the innovation park was built in 2005.
There were a considerable number of submissions supporting the application with many saying that this part of Connemara would benefit greatly from such a development.
But there were others who expressed concern over the potential impact it would have on the environment, and it would be located in a highly sensitive area.
Cllr Gerry King said that it was a valuable opportunity lost to the area given the amount of unemployment that exists. He added that there was local outrage at the decision.
The Fianna Fail councillor met with those behind the project and residents in support of the project. He said that they all agreed that this decision should be appealed to the higher planning authority.
It was refused on the basis that it would adversely affect the integrity and conservation objectives of the European sides in the vicinity of environmental value.
Planners stated that they could not be certain that the project would not adversely affect the integrity of Cill Ciaran Bay, the islands and Connemara bog complex
They also said that the Environmental Impact Assessment Report did not present a sufficient level of information on the impact it would have on human health, biodiversity, land, soil, water along with cultural heritage and the landscape.

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Council rules that honey business is in Special Area of Conservation

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A North Connemara beekeeper has expressed his dismay at the County Council’s refusal to issue an exemption to allow him proceed with an apiary on farmlands at Rossadillisk.

Tom Termini, who has lived in the area for the past 25 years, purchased the lands just off the coastline with the intention of beekeeping there, but plans to expand have come to a halt after an enforcement order was issued by the Council last Summer.

Mr Termini said he had been of the understanding that the 20msq agricultural storage building which was portable in nature would not require planning permission because of its agricultural purpose and its location on appropriately zoned lands.

However, after receiving a letter from the Council, he engaged the services of an engineer who recommended seeking a Declaration of Exemption from planning.

“The area is located in a Special Area of Conservation (SAC) so we engaged the services of another engineer who carried out an Environmental Impact Assessment and it was found it would have no impact,” said Mr Termini.

The report, compiled by Delichon Ecology, states that there are 17 sites protected by European SAC status within 15km of the proposed development, but concludes that ‘the completed groundworks and proposed agricultural building, either individually or in combination with other projects and plans, is not likely to have a significant impact on any European site’.

Mr Termini said no explanation as to why his application was refused was forthcoming, but that he had since applied for retention on the partially completed structure.

“After I invested in the property, I started down the route of setting up the apiary because I had one when I was in the States, and I’m a member of the local association. I decided to build a bigger shed so we could expand beyond being a service to have a product offering,” said Mr Termini who owns and operates Bluedog Honey.

He said the company would bring economic benefits to what was a small, rural area and the lands he owned were 90% bog, unsuited to many other forms of agriculture.

“We’d hoped to have it up and running by February 2020, but the pandemic set that back and then we got the letter from the Council as works were progressing towards opening this February.

“This facility would not impact on the area – other than using water to wash natural matter, there is no discharge – I’m perplexed by it all really,” said Mr Termini.

An application for retention of the structure was sent to Galway County Council this month, with a decision due by August 15.

Mr Termini said he would be forced to appeal to An Bord Pleanála if this application was turned down, but said he was being assisted by local Councillor Eileen Mannion, whom he said supported enterprise in the area.

“This has been going on for 18 months and really, what I want to do is get to the next stage where we can grow the business and deal with the stresses that come with that – not this,” said Mr Termini.

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