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Galway’s top Dáil speakers revealed

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway’s top Dáil speakers have been revealed.
There are 11 TD’s across the Galway West, Galway East and Galway-Roscommon constituencies – and the region boasts some of the best as well as the worst speaking times in the country.
The results are from an analysis of popular website Kildare Street, an online database of everything said in the Oireachtas.
Fianna Fail Deputy Eugene Murphy is the top Dáil speaker among the 3 constituencies – speaking 225 times in the chamber so far this year.
That’s significantly above the national average of 85 contributions – but partly explained by his role as leas-cheann comhairle.
He’s followed by Independent Deputy Catherine Connolly, who’s made 184 contributions to date – over double the average speaking rate.
Trailing significantly behind but still ahead of the average, Fianna Fail’s Anne Rabbitte, has spoken 89 times in the chamber in the past six months.
The first to drop under the average is her party colleague Deputy Eamon O’ Cuiv, who has contributed to the chamber 69 times to date.
Next is Independent TD Michael Fitzmaurice, who has spoken 66 times, followed closely by Fine Gael Junior Minister Sean Kyne, at 64.
Independent Minister Denis Naughten has made 56 contributions so far this year – while Fine Gael’s Hildegarde Naughton has spoken 45 times.
Falling considerably behind is Independent Deputy Noel Grealish, with just 30 contributions – almost a third of the national average.
Next is Independent TD and former OPW Minister Sean Canney, who spoke 23 times in the Dáil this year.
Occupying last place is Fine Gael’s Ciaran Cannon, who has made just 14 contributions to date – less than a quarter of the national average and one of the lowest figures in the country.

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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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