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

Declan Tierney

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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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Limited go-ahead for marts

Francis Farragher

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Marts: Individual sales to be allowed.

MART managers and staff across the county are busy this week preparing operating protocols for approval by the Dept. of Agriculture that will allow for the limited sale of livestock during the current COVID-19 emergency.

On Tuesday, the Dept. of Agriculture confirmed that they would be allowing marts to handle livestock sales in a limited way – marts will liaise with buyers and sellers; arrange for the weighing of the animals; and process payments.

In a statement issued on Tuesday, the Minister for Agriculture, Michael Creed, said that the Dept. had issued guidance to marts for ‘a very limited range of essential services’ that would not require people to assemble: the transactions would include calf sales, the weighing of livestock, and an online or brokerage service.

Ray Doyle of ICOS (Irish Co-operative Organisation Society) this week thanked the Government for their announcement, adding that ‘it was reasonable’ for a form of trading to continue to alleviate the current economic burden on farmers.

He pointed out that only mart staff would handle the animals; the buyer and seller would not have contact with each other; each could observe the weighing data; the buyer could view the animals from a distance; the sale would be completed electronically; no visitors or members of the public would be admitted; full sanitisation protocols would be observed; with the sale to be completed electronically.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Self-isolation success staves off Covid-19 surge – for now

Dara Bradley

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Anaesthetic Registrar Dr Robbie Sparks with Clinical Facilitator Claire Lavelle simulating an intubation of a patient with COVID-19 in the ICU at UHG. (Photo supplied by UHG because of visitor restrictions)

The predicted surge in Covid19-related admissions to Galway’s hospitals has been delayed – for now – giving much-needed breathing space to ramp-up preparations and increase Intensive Care Unit (ICU) capacity and beds for when it does hit.

But hospital management remains concerned in particular with the ‘significant’ number of staff in the West who have been taken off the frontline because they are ill from coronavirus, or self-isolating as a precaution after coming in close contact with an infected person.

And as the latest figures show 86 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Galway – seven times the figure from a fortnight ago – the HSE has conceded that local testing for the virus was suspended Sunday due to a shortage of testing kits. Limited testing resumed on Wednesday.

Elsewhere, although hospital chiefs in the West insist they have sufficient levels of personal protective equipment (PPE), nursing homes across Galway are facing a shortage of basic equipment such as masks, and many have appealed to the public for donations.

Chief Clinical Director Saolta Group, and consultant cardiologist, Dr Pat Nash, said UHG, the main Covid-19 hospital in the West, has experienced increased activity but ‘not a huge surge in admissions’.

“The hospital still has significant capacity available both on wards and ICU,” he said.

But Dr Nash stressed there was no room for complacency and the public needed to continue to observe social distancing, stay at home and practice hand hygiene.

 

See full story – and 23 pages of coverage on the Covid-19 crisis in Galway – in this week’s Connacht Tribune, on sale in shops now, or available to buy as a digital edition via our website www.connachttribune.ie. The Tribune can also be ordered as part of your shopping delivery from most outlets now.

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Loan sharks prey on families hit by pandemic

Denise McNamara

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Moneylenders have been targeting working class areas in Galway where hundreds of people have lost their jobs in the lockdown, encouraging them to take out loans with exorbitant interest rates.

Deputy for Galway East Sean Canny said he had received several reports of estates in the city where leaflets had been distributed recently by legitimate loan sharks.

“These people are licensed so they are not doing anything illegal but I do think it’s immoral in these times and my advice is to ignore money lenders,” he stressed.

“We have credit unions where people can go to for advice and for loans and we have MABS [Money Advice and Budgeting Service] which can provide advice that maybe they don’t need more money but may need to manage their budget better.

“People don’t make the best decisions when they’re stressed but I would really urge them not to go down this road because they can charge interest rates of 187% which is really fleecing people.”

Paul Bailey, Head of Communications at the Irish League of Credit Unions, said they have also been getting reports of leaflets being dropped by moneylenders in working class areas.

 

See full story – and 23 pages of coverage on the Covid-19 crisis in Galway – in this week’s Connacht Tribune, on sale in shops now, or available to buy as a digital edition via our website www.connachttribune.ie. The Tribune can also be ordered as part of your shopping delivery from most outlets now.

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