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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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Galway Real Estate have attractive site for sale on the Aran Islands

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Oghill, Inishmore, Aran Islands.

Galway Real Estate have an attractive site/property for sale at Oghill, Inishmore, Aran Islands.

The site is approximately c.150 square metres. (c.1600 sq. ft.) on c.1 acre with planning permission to convert to a dwelling house and fit a new waste water treatment system. Planning Ref: 17/1284. There are two years  left on planning. The planning is for a proposed 4 bedrooms, kitchen, dining/room, laundry/room, bathroom. This is a wonderful opportunity to get a property ready to go. Offers in excess of €125,000 considered.

Full details from Paddy Flynn 0872557618 or Galway Real Estate on 091565488 or email: info@galwayrealestate.ie

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Aran to welcome Ireland’s largest domestic passenger ferry

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Saoirse na Farraige

The largest domestic passenger ferry in the country is making its journey from the Far East to the Far West – ready to commence service from Galway to the three Aran Islands.

The 40-metre ‘Saoirse na Farraige’ represents a massive investment – and vote of confidence – in island tourism on the part of the owners, Aran Island Ferries.

Commissioned in January 2019, this sixth member of their fleet has a capacity of 400 – and it is expected to arrive in Galway Bay from Hong Kong in October.

The vessel departed Hong Kong last week, embarking on a 2,500 mile journey to Galway Bay – inside the hold of a heavy lift ship called Svenja’”.

Saoirse na Farraige has at least three more stops to make before arriving in Galway Bay at the end of October – and it won’t not enter service until next spring.

Aran Island Ferries Sales and Marketing Manager, Aine McLoughlin, said that they were looking forward to seeing visitors enjoy their journey to the Aran Islands, enjoying the increased capacity, accessibility, and safety features.

“We are really looking forward to officially launching ‘Saoirse na Farraige’ next year and seeing visitors enjoy their journey to the Aran Islands on board our new ferry,” she said.

Saoirse na Farraige will serve all three islands from Rossaveel – with a journey time of 40 minutes to Inis Mór, 50 minutes to Inis Meáin, and 55 minutes to Inis Oírr.

Read the full story in this week’s Connacht Tribune, on sale in now – or download our digital edition at www.connachttribune.ie

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Emergency Department upgrade will happen at UHG – but it’s complicated

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The current ED at UHG.

Revamping the emergency department at UHG will involve three separate projects – leading to the hospital’s chief describing the process as ‘very complex’.

City Councillor John Connolly (FF) said the people of Galway were concerned that the new emergency department – like the ring road – would never happen, as it appeared to be so bound up in red tape.

Joe Hoare, assistant national director of estates in HSE West, told the Regional Health Forum West meeting that that outpatients department adjacent to the emergency department was being redeveloped to create more capacity for streaming Covid patients from non-Covid patients for the winter.

The outpatients department would be relocated to the Merlin Park campus. The design for this building would be completed within ten months with construction expected to begin in by last 2021 at the earliest.

An interim emergency department was the next priority so that the current building could be knocked to make way for the new state-of-the-art building, creating a new maternity department and paediatrics unit.

Since the budget for the new children’s hospital had blown out of all proportion, the rules over public projects over €100 million had changed and the Saolta hospital group had to ensure its business case for the massive project was ‘watertight’.

Mr Hoare said all three projects were moving in parallel, including the enabling works for the main build, which would take around 18 months to complete.

He described the project as Saolta’s ‘absolute top priority and was regarded as such by the national HSE organisation.

Head of Saolta, Tony Canavan, said the project was ‘big and very complex’ and required management to remain ‘very focused over a long time’.

Read the full story in this week’s Connacht Tribune, on sale in now – or download our digital edition at www.connachttribune.ie

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