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Dáil Register reveals which Galway TDs are landlords

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – It’s been revealed that just two of Galway’s eleven TDs are landlords.
That’s according to the the newly published Dáil Register of Declared Interests for 2017.

The Dáil Register of Declared Interests for last year shows that 30 out of 158 TDs are renting out properties around the country.
That means one in five are landlords – but the figure for Galway is slightly below the national average.
Just two TDs across the constituencies of Galway West/South Mayo, Galway East and Galway-Roscommon are letting properties.
Galway East Independent Deputy Sean Canney is acting as landlord for six properties – a home at Wellpark in Galway City; 3 apartments at Bishop Street, Tuam; and two houses at The Mall in Tuam.
He also has a share in a partnership for the purpose of renting a retail property at Fr Griffin Road in Galway City.
Galway West Deputy Noel Grealish is letting two properties – a house in Claregalway and an apartment in Dublin.
Also listed in the register of declared interests for Independent Deputy Grealish is 15 acres of farmland at Carnmore.
Meanwhile, Galway-Roscommon Independent TD Michael Fitzmaurice owns several parcels of land in Williamstown – but these are described as being for farming purposes only and not development.
Another declared land-owner is Galway-Roscommon Fine Gael Minister Denis Naughten, who owns his constituency office in Roscommon town and 1 acre of land at Drum in Athlone.
Galway East Fine Gael Deputy Ciaran Cannon has listed two properties in his land portfolio – a public house at Carrabane, Athenry and a holiday home in France.
Nationally, Kerry TD Michael Healy Rae has the highest number of properties, with 10 described as being for letting purposes.

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Death announced of former Bishop of Galway

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Dr Martin Drennan.

The death has occurred of the former Bishop of Galway, Kilmacduagh and Kilfenora Martin Drennan, six years after he announced his retirement on health grounds. He was aged 78.

The Galway Diocesan Office confirmed the death this (Saturday) afternoon of the Bishop and Apostolic Administrator Emeritus, who oversaw the Diocese for eleven years.

Born on January 2, 1944 in Piltown, County Kilkenny, he studied for the priesthood at Saint Patrick’s College, Maynooth, from where he was ordained to the priesthood in 1968. His brother Michael is also a priest.

Following his ordination, he continued his studies in Rome where he was awarded a Licentiate in both sacred theology and sacred scripture. He returned to Rome in 1980 to become spiritual director at the Pontifical Irish College for the next five years.

He became a lecturer in sacred scripture at Saint Patrick’s College, Maynooth, where he continued to teach until his appointment as Auxiliary Bishop of Dublin in 1997 with responsibility for East Wicklow and South Dublin.

Following the retirement of Bishop James McLoughlin, Bishop Drennan was appointed Bishop of Galway and Kilmacduagh and Apostolic Administrator of Kilfenora and he was installed on July 3, 2005 in Galway Cathedral.

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O’Flaherty’s promising start

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Outgoing Cllr Terry O’Flaherty (Ind) is on course to retain her City Council seat – and top the poll in City East. 

With 33% of the boxes tallied, Cllr O’Flaherty is polling strongly, particularly in Renmore. 

Michael John Crowe is ahead of his running mate Alan Cheevers for the Fianna Fáil vote, according to the early figures, although that could change when Doughiska and Roscam boxes are opened. 

The Green Party’s Claire Hillery is on about 7%, with Fine Gael on 10% and Sinn Fein on 5%.

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Tallies underway as votes are sorted

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The opening of boxes for the local elections began at 9am this morning in Leisureland when the tallymen (and women) kicked into gear.

As regards the Galway County Council elections, the smaller areas are being opened first which means that the four-seater Connemara North boxes will be first in the pecking order.

It will be followed by Gort-Kinvara (5 seats), Connemara South (5 seats), Athenry-Oranmore (7 seats), Ballinasloe (6 seats), Loughrea (5 seats) and finally Tuam (7 seats).

The boxes in these areas will be opened and tallied in that particular order before being transferred to the Galway Lawn Tennis Club on Threadneedle Road where the counting will commence around mid-morning.

That is when the fun will really begin – although the tallies should give a good indication as to where most of the seats are destined.

As regards the city, the Galway City East boxes were opened first, followed by Galway City Central and finally Galway City West. These votes will be transferred to the Westside Centre by around 11am for counting.

There are 39 seats on Galway County Council to be filled with 18 on Galway City Council. The City Council count is expected to conclude on Saturday night but the County Council count – with seven electoral areas to be filled – could well go into Monday.

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