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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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Renters struck by rocketing increases

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Rents for private accommodation in Galway City have doubled in the past seven years and are now averaging €1,300 per month.

And it’s bad news for renters in the county too, with rents up by more than 82% since the bottom of the market in early 2012.

The latest report from property website Daft.ie shows that since the market trough, rents have increased by 97% in the city and are up 9.1% year on year.

They now stand at an average of €1,297 per month, while in the county, the average is €932, up 15.5% year on year.

Rental inflation was higher in Co Galway that anywhere else in the country over the past year; the next highest was in Waterford County at 15.4%.

That means that average monthly mortgage repayments on a three-bed house in the city would be around €360 less than rental payments, and more than €390 less for a similar property in the county.

Nationally, the average rent is €1,391, up 6.7% on last year.

A break-down of the figures shows that one-bed apartments are renting for an average of €964 per month in Galway City (up 13.6% year on year); a two-bed house for €1,086 (up 11.2%); a three-bed house for €1,258 (up 10%); a four-bed for €1,384 (up 10%) and a five-bed for €1,464 (up 6%).

To rent a single bedroom in the city centre is now averaging €440 per month (up 5.8% over the past year) and €410 in the suburbs (up 7%). A double bedroom is averaging €544 (up 9.2%) in the city centre and €484 (up 5.4%) in the suburbs.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Public auction of Castlesampson farm with c.143 acres

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Connaughton Auctioneers are handling the sale of a c.143.40 acre farm located at Corraree and Ballygatta, Castlesampson, just 9km from Athlone/ M6 Motorway and 15km from Ballinasloe Town.

Located in a renowned farming district, the property has an extensive range of modern farm buildings including five-bay single slatted with lay back, three bay double bay slatted, covered yard with crush, two-bay double slatted, three-bay double flat shed and three-bay single flat shed with an overall area of c.10,274 sq. ft.

The lands are being offered for sale in four lots, Lot 1: c.77.77 acres with the farm buildings mentioned above, Lot 2: c.52.43 acres, Lot 3: c.13.20 acres and Lot 4: The entire property c.143.30 Acres with farm buildings. With a public road passing through the farm, there is extensive road frontage to an area of c.2,500 metres thereby holding huge potential for building sites in the future.

The property comes with mains connections to electricity and water and includes overall c.55.07 entitlements included in the sale.

Auctioneer for the sale, Ivan Connaughton stated: “This is a fine farm to come on the open market. The large investment in the ultra-modern farm buildings by the current owners together with an extensive holding of top-quality agricultural lands has attracted interest from both near and far.

The potential for transformation into dairy or usage as a large feed lot has attracted additional interest. Its location in a renowned farming district and conveniently situated close to the Galway/ Dublin M6 Motorway is a major advantage. The farm entitlements that total c.€21,000 per annum are included in the sale and has received a positive response from interested parties to date. I encourage any interested party to contact our office on 090-6663700 for further information and viewing”

The Public Auction is being held in Gullane’s Hotel, Ballinasloe on Friday August 30th at 4.00pm. All are welcome to attend. All legal enquiries can be made to solicitor for the carriage of sale, Hayden & Co. Solicitors, Athlone Tel: 090-6470622

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Offering a lifeline to people affected by cancer

Denise McNamara

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Lifestyle – The Daffodil Centre at UHG which is celebrating its 10th anniversary has given practical and moral support to thousands of cancer patients and their family members since the Irish Cancer Society set it up as a pilot project. DENISE MCNAMARA hears one man’s story of its role in his recovery.

When Alan Rushe began to feel cramps in his stomach, he did not hesitate in attending his local doctor.

His GP asked if he had ever suffered from Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). As he had been diagnosed with the condition when he was younger, he was prescribed tablets for that and told to see how they worked.

Six days later, Alan’s condition hadn’t improved so his GP referred him for a colonoscopy. When the invasive test revealed he had colon cancer he was operated on within ten days. Two months later he was started on six months of chemotherapy, getting treatment once every fortnight.

When he was coming to the end of the treatment, Alan found himself in a bind.

He wanted reassurance about what to expect as the chemicals left his body but the doctors and nurses in the oncology ward were far too busy to give him the time he needed to sit and chat.

“One of the things about having cancer, your whole life becomes obsessed with your problem and how you’re dealing with it,” Alan reflects.

“Suddenly you’re coming to the end of chemo and you find yourself in a very strange place; you are in a vacuum. You might be told things by different doctors and nurses but you haven’t taken it in.

“You can’t just drop back into the ward, yet you want to talk to people who know all there is to know about your type of cancer.”

He was advised to go to the Daffodil Centre in University Hospital Galway (UHG), which is run by the Irish Cancer Society to seek further information.

There he found oncology nurse Fionnuala Creighton who manages the Galway Daffodil Centre. She sat down with Alan and gave him the time to answer the myriad of questions that were swirling around his mind.

“She gave me all this information about what to expect when chemo is leaving the body, how it would affect me. She gave me information leaflets and told me about services that are available, such as exercise classes in Cancer Care West,” he explains.

The Daffodil Centre at UHG began as a pilot project for the Irish Cancer Society a decade ago this month.

Aileen McHale, who is now Cancer Information Services Manager with the Irish Cancer Society, was the first nurse to work there.

“We wanted to set up a designated cancer centre in a hospital to provide information to the patient, relatives and general public at the point of diagnosis, treatment and follow-up,” she explains. “I was involved in the setting up and running it and, from the beginning one of my roles was recruiting and training a group of volunteers who would help me in the running of the centre.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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