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Interim examiner appointed to G Hotel and Eye Cinema

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – An interim examiner has been appointed to the 5-star G Hotel in the city and the nearby Eye Cinema.
A receiver was appointed by Deutsche Bank to the properties in the past week, but owner Gerry Barrett applied to the High Court to have an interim examiner appointed.
According to today’s Irish Independent, representatives from KPMG arrived at the G Hotel, Lough Atalia as a wedding reception was getting underway last week.
Deutsche Bank has been the main lender to the companies since 2015, when it acquired the loan book from NAMA.
Staff at the hotel were concerned about the arrival of the receivers last week and contacted owner Gerry Barrett.
He arrived at the hotel and asked the representatives of KMPG and Choice Hotels, who were the intended group to take over administration of the hotel, to wait until the wedding guests were settled before intervening.
However the request was not entertained.
In court this week, Gerry Barrett said he has huge concerns about Choice Hotels wanting to immediately contact clients who have booked weddings at the hotel to inform them that a receiver had been appointed.
Mr. Barrett said that should be done by the existing hotel sales team to reassure clients that it’s business as usual.
Gerry Barrett also raised concerns about the operator selected to run the administration of the Eye Cinema – it’s main rival IMC Cinemas.
He says IMC would be able to take the intellectual property of the successful cinema at Wellpark, which would destructive to the Eye Cinema.
In the High Court, Justice Charles Meenan granted the application for an interim examiner to be appointed to 7 of Gerry Barrett’s companies.
It means they will have protection from Deutsche and their other creditors for a period of 100 days.

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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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