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West is the best for poll-topper Ó Cuív

Dara Bradley

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Eamon O Cuiv

Éamon Ó Cuív, the king of Connemara, pulled more votes the further west of Galway city the ballot boxes were stationed.

The poll-topper was by far the most popular politician west of Galway city, apart from Fine Gael strongholds such as Moycullen, where local man, Seán Kyne was tops.

Sinn Féin’s Trevor Ó Clochartaigh also challenged Deputy Ó Cuív for top spot in An Cheathrú Rua, for example, but by and large the former Fianna Fáil minister was untouchable in Connemara.

Deputy Ó Cuív took one in every three votes cast in An Spidéal, where Ó Clochartaigh polled 19% and Kyne was on 13.8%.

Deputy Ó Cuív was the most popular in Ballyconneely (30%), and hovered up votes in his home town of Corr na Mona (63%), neighbouring Clonbur (57%), as well as Claddaghduff (43%), Cong (43%), Carna (53%) and Letterfrack (37%).

The former Gaeltacht Minister also cleaned up on the islands – he polled a whopping 77.5% of first preferences on Inish Boffin, 67% on Inis Oírr, 69% on Inis Meáin and 56% on the two Inis Mór polling stations.  Deputy Kyne was strongest in Moycullen where he took 44% of first preferences but Deputy Ó Cuív was marginally ahead of him in Oughterard polling 24% compared with Kyne’s 20%.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

 

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TALLIES: Half of boxes open in City West

Enda Cunningham

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Left and right find middle ground

Declan Tierney

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Deputy Catherine Connolly being interviewed at Leinster House.

There is a tired old cliché about people singing from ‘the same hymn sheet’ – but despite their diverse political backgrounds, it could certainly be applied in the case of Galway city’s two new TDs.

Because Fine Gael’s Deputy Hildegarde Naughten and independent TD Catherine Connolly hold common ground when it comes to a lot of issues relating to Galway city.

For example, in the aftermath of the general election they both agreed that University Hospital Galway should be moved to a greenfield site at Merlin Park. They also articulated this view on the first day of the new Dail last week.

And, separately, they were both in favour of the provision of dedicated bus lanes throughout Galway city with the acceptance that there will be no outer bypass for at least another decade. Deputy Connolly believes that the current proposal is simply “a cul-de-sac” and should never have been progressed.

Left-leaning Independent TD Catherine Connolly and right-leaning Fine Gael TD, Hildegarde Naughton, both believe UHG is at saturation point and are committed to the development of a new public hospital at the larger, more accessible site east of the city.

This, along with the promotion of public transport initiatives to help end traffic chaos in the city, is one of the common policy objectives the two new women TDs share.

They are only the second and third women TDs ever in Galway West, following in the footsteps of former Fianna Fáil minister, Máire Geoghegan Quinn.

 

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Fianna Fail attempts to woo Grealish again

Declan Tierney

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Deputy Noel Grealish looking pensive at the start of the new Dail.

Pressure is mounting on Galway West TD Noel Grealish to join Fianna Fail as the party attempts to be part of the next government.

The Fianna Fail organisation in the constituency are now convinced that Grealish may provide the party with the answer to winning a second seat in Galway West. And the organisation are disappointed that veteran TD Eamon O Cuiv has not delivered a second seat in the last two general elections.  If Fianna Fail assume power, it is very unlikely that the Cornamona man will have a place at the front bench.

The party organisation in Galway West are now anxious that Grealish becomes part of their fabric and particularly as he is a proven vote-winner.

Grealish is part of an unofficial grouping in the Dail who are currently engaged with the two major parties with a view to forming a minority government.

The fact that the Carnmore man has been a TD since 2002, it is likely that he could be part of the front bench in the next government if he agrees to become part of the support that Fianna Fail require.

It was revealed last week that he had been approached by Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin to join up but he was not to be drawn on the issue.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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