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    Mayo 1-12 

  • The Galway Christmas Market came to a close yesterday, having attracted an estimated 600,000 visitors this year.

    The Eyre Square Market, which opened on 15th November, featured over 50 seasonal market stalls, the 32m observation wheel, the traditional Carousel and Santa's Express Train.

    60% of the traders taking part in the market are local Galway-based businesses, while 10 local charities also showcased their work.

    Research has shown that the Galway Christmas Market is estimated to be worth more than €20 million to the city, with an average of €3 being spent in local hotels, shops, restaurants and cars for every €1 spent in the market.

    Organisers say 70% of those attending this year's market were from outside Galway City, with 57% of these staying overnight.



    Revenue has published its latest list of tax defaulters which shows settlements worth almost 8.5 million euro were made between April and June.

    18 of the cases revealed yesterday evening were for amounts over 100 thousand euro while 3 settlements exceeded one million euro.

    There was just one settlement listed for Connacht - Galway-based cinema operator Solas-Galway Picture Palace Company Ltd based on Lower Merchants Road in Galway owes €821, 353 following a revenue audit case and non-declaration of VAT.

    However, Revenue says the total amount was still unpaid by the end of June, and the company is now in liquidation.


  • A Galway City Councillor has expressed concerns about the high level of people presenting at the Emergency Department of Galway University Hospital with alcohol-related conditions.

    The issue was raised at this week's meeting of the HSE Regional Forum, where FG Councillor Padraig Conneely asked management for a breakdown of the figures in relation to those attending the Emergency Department - particularly at weekends and during festivals - with alcohol-related problems.

    Councillor Conneely was told those statistics are not available, but he says national and international trends would indicate that significant resources in Emergency Departments are being used to treat people who have over-indulged.

  • Galway County Council's has given the green light for a new Aldi store in Tuam town centre.

    The store will be located at the Glynn's Hardware site.

    Minister for Rural Affairs, local TD  Sean Canney says its positive news for Tuam, as he says when the store is developed, it will add enormously to the footfall for shopping in the town centre.

    Speaking to Midwest News today Minister Canney saiddevelopments like this in town centres play an important role in the regeneration of rural towns.

  • Fianna Fail's backing the childcare industry's call for a 'living wage' to be introduced for all of its staff.

    Providers, staff and parents are holding a national protest on February 5th over pay and staffing issues in the sector.

    SIPTU says early years educators are paid an average of only 11 euro, 45 cents an hour.

    Galway Deputy Anne Rabbitte, Fianna Fail's spokesperson for children, says they should be paid at least the living wage of 12.30.

  • Galway Independent TD Catherine Connolly is to put her name forward for the upcoming election of Leas-Cheann Comhairle. The position which will come up for decision in the Dáil at Thursday’s sitting.

    She has been endorsed by the Independent group in the house.

    Since her election in 2016, when requested by the Ceann Comhairle, deputy Connolly has fulfilled the role as Chair of the Dail.  She is acknowledged across all sides of the house as a capable and fair arbiter.

    The deputy is a former barrister and clinical psychologist, and is the first woman to be nominated for the position of Leas-Cheann Comhairle under the new rules that were adopted in 2016 to fill both the positions of Ceann Comhairle and Leas-Cheann Comhairle by secret ballot.

  • Fianna Fáil says it remains to be seen whether some creches will be able to reopen in the New Year despite a 1,500 government grant to providers.

    The Department of Children says Allianz, the last remaining insurer covering creches, has offered quotes to over 280 new customers yesterday.

    It means cover has been offered to the same number of childcare providers hit by the departure of broker Padraic Smith from the market.

    But Galway based Fianna Fáil deputy Ann Rabbitte says many creches and childcare providers may still be unable to meet the cost.

  • 634 'high priority' children have not been allocated a social worker by Tusla.

    They are among more than 5,100 kids living in the community who haven't been assigned one.

    A further 472 children in state care have not been allocated a social worker, according to Tusla's latest figures.

    Anne Rabbitte, Fianna Fáil's spokesperson for children, says an urgent recruitment drive is needed:


  • A drunk driver who killed a pedestrian and injured two Gardaí in Galway has been jailed for two years by the Court of Appeal.

    The court considered the sentence originally handed down to Adrian Nestor from Keamsella, Kilcolgan, Co. Galway to be "unduly lenient".

    In the early hours of February 1st 2016, two Gardaí found 66 year old Liam McDonnell on a stretch of the N18 in Ardrahan, Co. Galway.

    He'd been reported missing from a nearby nursing home and they were trying to get him into a patrol car when Adrian Nestor crashed into them.

    Mr. McDonnell was pronounced dead at the scene and the two Gardaí were hospitalised.

    Mr Nestor later admitted being drunk behind the wheel and pleaded guilty to dangerous driving causing death and serious injury.

    Liam McDonnell's widow didn't want him to go to jail and he was sentenced to 240 hours of community service in lieu of a four year prison term.

    The DPP appealed that decision and the Court of Appeal today agreed that it was unduly lenient.

    The court felt a suspension of the final 18 months of his prison sentence would have been more appropriate, but went further and suspended an additional six months due to the fact he's now going into custody for the first time.


    Total Valid Poll 33,707 - Spoiled 371

    Casey 11,227 Duffy 516 Freeman 1,545 Gallagher 1,379 Higgins 18,011 Ni Riada 1,029

  • The government now needs to enact the Information and tracing Bill. That’s the call today from Tuam based Fianna Fail deputy Anne Rabbitte.

    Nearly two thirds of children affected by yesterday’s adoption revelations are unaware that they are adopted.

    It was revealed yesterday that thousands of people may have had false birth certs issued by adoption agencies.

    Between the 1940s and 1960s St Patrick's Guild illegally listed some couples as birth parents, despite the fact that they had adopted children.

     Tusla is starting to contact those affected and an investigation is getting underway, with fears that the figures could run into the thousands.

    Deputy Rabbitte is the Fianna Fail Spokesperson on Children and Youth Affairs.

    Speaking on the Tommy Marren Show this morning she said this government now needs to immediately enact the Information and Tracing Bill that would give everyone a right to acquire their birth cert.

    Tuam based historian, Catherine Corless who led the campaign that exposed the Tuam Mother and Baby home scandal, says that as disturbing as it is for those impacted by the present adoption scandal, some consolation can be taken from the truth finally being exposed.

     Speaking to Midwest News she acknowledged the work of the present Minister Katherine Zappone in taking action on the adoption scandal that is not "new news" to successive governments.

  • It's expected that Galway East TD Anne Rabbitte will be added to Fianna Fail's all-male European ticket for May's European elections.

     The party has selected three male candidates to contest the elections to date: TD Brendan Smith is running in the Midlands / North-West constituency, former minister Barry Andrews in Dublin, while Councillor Malcolm Byrne was selected by delegates to run in Ireland South.

    The Irish Independent reports that the Fianna Fail national constituency council will meet this week to decide where to add more candidates, and who.

    It is expected that Anne Rabbitte in Galway East will be added to the ticket in the Midlands/ Northwest constituency, and Billy Kelleher will be added in Ireland South.

    Deputy Rabbitte would be the only woman running for the party in the European elections.

    Meanwhile, Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has said the party will field more than 20pc female candidates in the local elections.



  • An Irish estate agent has been arrested and charged in New York following the seizure of up to $46,000 dollars worth of cocaine - according to the Irish Independent.

    39-year old Fintan Russell, who is originally from Co Galway, has been accused of selling large amounts of cocaine across the Westchester area in New York and in Connecticut.

    New York State Police raided his home in the Port Chester area in June and found approximately half a kilogram of cocaine.

    Three vehicles were also seized following the search.

    Mr Russell has been charged with two counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance, and is facing up to 40 years in jail if convicted.

    He is currently being held in Westchester County Jail after bail was refused.

    His next court appearance is on October 2.

    According to his LinkedIn page, the Galway man works as an estate agent and also owns a car valeting business.


  • Galway face Kilkenny this weekend in the All-Ireland senior camogie final.

    It's a repeat of last year's final, with reigning champions Galway aiming to retain the title.

    2016 was the last time Kilkenny won the O'Duffy Cup.

    The game gets underway at 7pm Saturday evening in Croke Park.



  • Galway's under 21 hurlers will make a small piece of history this evening when they play their first ever game in the Bord Gáis Energy Leinster under 21 Hurling Championship.

    The likes of Sean Loftus and Brian Concannon - both of whom have senior experience - start against Offaly at Bord na Móna O'Connor Park tonight. It will be Galway's first foray into the Leinster under 21 championship following a ruling at Congress in 2017. Interestingly though, it is not the first provincial campaign for the county having participated in the Munster championship from the inception of the under 21 competition in 1964 until they left the province in 1969. In fact Galway and Kerry played the inaugural fixture in the Munster campaign in 1964. They played two Munster finals in their sojourn in the province, in 1965 & 1967.  

    Tonight's other quarter final sees Westmeath take on Dublin in Mullingar. Both games have 7.30 throw-ins.




  • No organisation should have any gaps when it comes to safeguarding our children.

    That's the message from Galway based Fianna Fail TD Anne Rabbitte, who has called for a statutory inquiry into historical abuse allegations toward Scouting organisations.

    It follows the airing of an RTÉ Investigates programme last night that revealed  a former scout leader was only removed from scouting last year despite concerns being reported in the 1980s.

    Deputy Rabbitte says Scouting Ireland is not equipped to carry out a review of the complaints.

  • A Galway West Fianna Fail TD says it's 'make up your mind time' when it comes to government formation.

    Significant progress has been made in talks between Fine Gael, Fianna Fail and the Green Party.

    Some key sticking points have been ironed out and optimism is said to be building among the negotiating teams.

    Eamon O'Cuiv, believes that we will see a programme for government by the weekend but then it has to be put to the parties.

  • Galway Connemara North Final Tally 
    Breathnac Criostoir - Non-Party 154
    Conneely Josie - Non-Party 625
    Healy Tom - Sinn Fein 560
    King Gerry - Fianna Fail 1303
    Mannion Eileen - Fine Gael 1344
    Walsh Seamus - Fianna Fail 998
    Welby Thomas - Non Party 2125

    Galway - Gort/Knvara Final Tally 
    Byrne Joe - Fine Gael 2756
    Diviney Declan - Non Party 387
    Donohue Geraldine - Non Party 555
    Fahey Kevin - Fianna Fail 795
    Finnerty Gerry - Fianna Fail 815
    ~Geoghegan Hubert - Non Party 408 
    Kiely Fionn - Fine Gael 625
    Kinana Martina Fianna Fail 1467
    MacGowan Cormac Independents 4 Change 437
    Murphy PJ Fine Gael 1611
    O'Connell Emma Renua Ireland 335 

  • Emergency services have been attending a fire this morning at West-Bake bakery in Glenamaddy.

    Three units of the fire brigade attended the scene of the fire at the bakery on the Kilkerrin Road in Glenamaddy.

    It’s understood the blaze broke shortly before 10am and has since been brought under control.

    Midwest News understands that the staff have now re-entered the premises.