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Higgins says he has ‘very good chance’ of winning

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Date Published: 21-Jun-2011

By Dara Bradley

Labour party president Michael D Higgins, who received a majority of support from his party to contest the Presidential election, said he has a “very good” chance of winning the race for Áras an Uachtaráin.

 

The former Galway West TD, who twice served as Mayor of Galway, served in Seanad Éireann and as Minister for Arts, Culture and the Gaeltacht for four years, is the first Galway person to put their name before the people for the Presidency.

Mr Higgins, who had sought to contest the Presidency seven years ago, won 37 of the 62 votes cast by the Labour Party’s TDs, Senators, MEPs and Executive Council members at a Labour convention on Sunday. He defeated Fergus Finlay, who received 18 votes, and former Senator Kathleen O’Meara, who won seven votes.

Mr Higgins is the first candidate to be formally nominated in the race – Fine Gael will decide soon between Avril Doyle, Gay Mitchell, Pat Cox and Maireád McGuiness and possibly others; and other candidates independent Senator David Norris and Irish-American Niall O’Dowd are seeking support to secure a nomination.

Mr Higgins told the Sentinel that he feels he has a “very good” chance of winning the contest, regardless of who is competing in the field.

He told the convention at the weekend that he has the background, skills, experience and credentials for the Presidency. Setting out his stall now that he has been nominated, Mr Higgins said: “What I’m looking to develop is an inclusive radical citizenship in a creative society appropriate to a republic”.

Mr Higgins said he has been campaigning all over the country since last September and is looking forward to meeting as many people as possible in the upcoming campaign.

He is launching a book of his poetry in July and a book of collected essays in September and so had already been booked to appear at several literary events throughout the summer.

He will receive logistical support from the Labour Party for his campaign and has the support of the beaten candidates.

He will use his campaign to debate the rampant individualism that pervaded the country in recent years and which brought Ireland to where it is now. “We need to identify what kind of Ireland we want,” he said.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Sentinel.

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Galway has country’s largest population of young people

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Date Published: 07-May-2013

Galway has a population of young people which is more than twice the national average.

According to information gathered by the Central Statistics Office, Galway’s population of 20 to 24 year olds is more than twice the national average.

The number of 25-34 year olds in Galway is also more than the norm nationally, with the two main colleges thought to be the main reason.

However immigration in Galway is much higher than in other areas at 19.4 percent, compared to the national average of 12 percent.

 

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Call for direct donations to city charity shops

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Date Published: 07-May-2013

A city councillor is encouraging people to donate goods directly to charity shops.

It follows allegations of thefts from clothes banks in Galway and across the country in recent months.

However, cameras are in place at some clothes banks and surveillance is carried out by local authorities.

Speaking on Galway Talks, Councillor Neil McNeilis said the problem of theft from clothes banks is widespread.

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Galway ‘Park and Ride’ could become permanent

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Date Published: 07-May-2013

A park ‘n’ ride scheme from Carnmore into Galway city could become a permanent service if there is public demand.

That’s according to the Chief Executive of Galway Chamber of Commerce, Michael Coyle.

The pilot scheme will begin at 7.20 next Monday morning, May 13th.

Motorists will be able to park cars at the airport carpark in Carnmore and avail of a bus transfer to Forster Street in the city.

Buses will depart every 20 minutes at peak times and every 30 minutes at offpeak times throughout the day, at a cost of 2 euro per journey.

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