Galway Advertiser 1991/1991_06_13/GA_13061991_E1_018.pdf
CANDIDATES SPEAK OUT
A LOOK AT THE INDEPENDENT CANDIDATES
Cllr. Pat McNamara is a businessman. He currently represents Fine Gael in the South Ward. He was originally elected as an In dependent 17 years ago but joined Fine Gael. Cllr. McNamara is originally from ' Claddagh and has many friends and family members living in the Mervue area. Brendan Smith owns Monroes Pub in Dominck St. and is a partner in a com puter business in Spiddal. He lives in Sandyvale and is former PRO of the Tir Oilean Residents Associa tion. He is a graduate of UCG where he served as Student Union President. He has been involved in many campaigns to improve the Tir Oilean area of the city. Tom Browne is a former Councillor who was defeated in 1985. He believes that with Aid. Jim my Brick not seeking re election in the West Ward he has a strong chance of Eileen M a n n i n g ot Dalysfort Road, Salthill is a member of the Local Residents Association and a member of Neighbourhood Watch. She is originally from Kiltormer and is one of ten children. She trained as a nurse at St. Bridgid's Hospital, Ballinasloe and is now married with six children. She was the first woman in Ireland to drive a regular CIE Passenger Bus. Mrs. Manning says she knows from experience the difficulty of raising a fami ly on a limited income. She ointends to fight for justice for the family, success. Paddy Lally is a Steward in U.C.G. He is from Shantalla and is well known in local rowing and soccer circles. He attempted to secure a Fianna Fail nomination for the West Ward, and when he failed, decided to run as an Independent. Aidan McCabe, from Knocknacarra Heights, was the first to go forward in the West Ward as a Communi ty Candidate. Mr. McCabe who is involved in insurance has a degree in politics from U.C.G David Joyce is 27 years of age and a salesman by profession. He lives in Glenina Heights. Mr. Joyce is very well known for his teaching of the Martial Arts disclipines to hundreds of young people in Galway. Because RSF is not a registered party in Galway his name will be listed as In dependent on the Ballot Paper.
W S W R N E S I D S R B E W A R E FALSE PROMISES ET A D E D N UT Y F R O M PARTIES SAYS I D P N E T C N I A E N E E D N A DD T
Brendan Smith, the In Independent candidate that can be achieved in the dependent Community for the West Ward, Pad Westside." Action candidate in the But he says the other is the North East Ward has dy Lally says there is a glaring need to locate in group with no real jobs. warned voters to beware of "They are not com the promises of the main dustry in the West Side of muters, they can't afford to poltical parties, particular the city. People living in the area commute. Yet our planners ly of Fianna Fail and the either have to travel outside and industrial agencies P.D.s for work, or else have no locate industry elsewhere. He quotes Fianna Fail's Therefore to get a job, a 1985 work at all, he claims. local election "For those who live in the Westsider is obliged to com manifesto "Power Back to West Ward and work mute." the People" as proof of He believes the authorties these broken promises. elsewhere it is a dormitory district that provides a com did not plan the development "Fianna Fail stated they fortable, scenic and modern of the West Ward sufficentliving environment. This in ly, and wants to "address dicates the high standards this wrong". were totally opposed to the system of local charges, and promised to abolish the charges when returned to of fice. These words were penned by none other than Bobby Molloy. How can anyone believe anything these people promise at elec tion time?" asks Mr. Smith. He believes these charges should be abolished and that Central Government should be forced to provide the financing of local services.
MAINTAINING T H E CORRIB
Workers Party Coun cillor Liz Hackett has call ed on Galway Corporation to take over responsibility for the maintenance of the river Corrib from the Corrib Navigation Trust. At a Galway Rowing Club Reception to announce details of this year's Galway Regatta, Cllr. Hackett said it would be a shame if the event were allowed to fade away through lack of proper maintenance and upkeep of the river. She congratulated the Regatta Committee on their hard work organising the event, and wished them every success on the 29th of June.
R E P U B L I C A N SINN F E I N - NOT A REGISTERED PARTY
The three Republican Sinn Fein candidates in the forthcoming local elections in Galway have issued a joint statment informing voters in the city and coun ty that their party affilia tion will not appear on the ballot papers. They describe Republicans Sinn Fein as a 32 county political party which is not registered in Stormont, Westminister, or in Leinster House as re quired under regulations for local electiorns. The candidates, Cllr. Frank Glynn of the Tuam Electoral Area, Mr. Tom Curran of the Galway Rural Area and Mr. Dave Joyce of the North East Ward in the city stated that this restirction, "which was specifical ly designed to hamper Republican candidates" would not deflect them from carrying out an effective electoral campaign.
LEFT UNITE I N G A L W A Y
mm PEDESTRIAN ACCESS AT ROUNDABOUTS, SAYSPD CANDIDATE
Martin McHugh, a Pro sucn as castieiawn and gressive Democrats can Tirellan, Glenburren Park, didate in the North East Castle Park, Monivea Park Ward wants Galway Cor from access to some of the poration to address the major shopping areas in the problem of pedestrian ac city." Mr. McHugh says it cess to the city's many would be unrealistic to put roundabouts. "The major road systems pedestrian crossings at roun which have developed in the dabouts, but "the logical city over the Jast few years solution would be to erect are a great boom to Galway footbridges at these loca and the Corporation are to tions so that pedestrians can be complimented for go about their business as is their right and traffic can developing them. "Howver these roads circulate freely as is the right divide many communities of car owners.
DEVELOP NORTH EAST WARD
Sean Fox, Fianna Fail candidate for the North/East Ward, says the provision of adequate sporting and recreational facilities in the area is a top priority. "The development of the Corporation level," he beaches on this side of the argues. city, bringing the Dyke "It is past time this area Road Walk to its full poten should receive an equal stan tial, the proper development dard of services and of the sports field at Tirellan facilities like those at present Heights are all issues enjoyed by the Wards on the needing representation at west side of the river.
Labour a n d t h e W o r k e r s ' Party in G a l w a y W e s t h a v e agreed o n a v o t e transfer pact, despite t h e public disagreement b e t w e e n the parties nationally. At a press conference on the two parties on the out Monday, Mayor Michael going City Council, saying D. Higgins, (Lab) and this had enabled many issues Cllr. Liz Hackett (W.P.), to be raised and debated. urged their supporters to "We reject the idea that vote for both their parties the market place can be and give the Left a strong relied upon to provide jobs. voice in Galway City and Unemployment is now af County Councils. fecting households and They expressed their families in practically every disappointment at the row area. People must use this' between Labour's Director opportunity to register their of Elections, Rurai Quinn protest," said Cllr. Higgins. and Workers' Party Leader Cllr. Hacckett agreed. Proinsias de Rossa. ' 'We have only been can "But in Galway West we vassing for one week, and at have always been pro every house we are met by gressive. Although both par people who are frustrated ties come from different and at their wits end. The backgrounds, we have a lack of Public housing in similar attitude on what Galway is so great it is time needs to be done to tackle to declare a Housing Crisis unmemployment, and the to get government action." housing and health crises," Neither Councillor would said Mayor Higgins. say how many seats they Both councillors em hoped to win on the City phasised the co-operation Council, but other can that had existed between the didates were hopeful they elected representatives of would win five.
RHO AON FLATS IT LRBE NOEAL
Progressive Democrat candidate in the West Ward, Liam Madden, has hit out at the "'intolerable living conditions" being endured by young families in the Rahoon Flats. He said problems include leaking roofs, damp, con densation, and the absence of adequate playing facilities. " I was astonished to find the access skylights in one block in such a state of disrepair since the January storms that they were allow ing water to flow freely in to the corridor in front of two of the flats "Families are unable to use one or two rooms of their already limited space because of these problems.'' Pointing to the absence of adequate play facilities for the children of the area he said "money has already been allocated by the current councillors for improved facilities and new equip ment". "This has not yet been us ed despite the fact that primary schools will be closing within weeks. Many children will have no other playing facilities available to them during the summer, and this is nothing short of scandalous regard for their welfare."
CORPORATION " B L O C K I N G J O I N T HOUSE O W N E R S H I P "
Some couples currently buying out their homes from the Corporation are being blocked in their at tempt to make their ownership a joint respon sibility, says Michael Don nelly, Workers' Party can didate in the West Ward. Mr. Donnelly claims that people in the area who at tempted to get a joint owner ship clause inserted in their contract with the Corpora tion, were told by legal ad visers they needed the Cor poration's consent. "Yet when formally ask ed for their consent, the Corporation failed to make any response," states Mr Donnelly. "This is a very serious issue, and means that the spouse whose name is on the agreement dies, the remaining partner does not necessarily have full rights to the property." He wants to Corporation to act immediately on the joint ownerishp issue. "If there are problems about giving their consent to the joint ownership clause, they should immediately state precisely what they are. If not, then why the silence?"
Labour Seeking County Seat
The Labour Party is to contest the Galway Coun ty Council elections on June 27th after a lapse of 12 years. Its candidate, John Cunningham is from the Claddagh, but has strong connections with the Annaghdown - Cornadulla area. John, who is a Physics lecturer has a long track record on environmental issues, having campaigned for a secondary sewage treatment for Galway. He is concerned about the poor quality of water supp ly in both Cois Fharraige and east Galway, and the in adequacy of many sewage treatment facilities. He also argues that "-the Fianna Fail/Progressive Democrat government is dismantling the little in frastructure left in rural Ireland. "This is evident from the underfunding of roads, the plan to axe 1,500 post of fices and the proposal to in troduce mail boxes."
L A B O U R PRAISES L E C H E I L E COMMUNITY ORGANISATION
Jim Mullarkey, on the Labour ticket with Michael D. Higgins in the West Ward, this week praised the work of the areas local community organisation, Le Cheile. " I look forward to the day when their Trojan efforts towards the creation of an Enterprise Centre on Cor poration land behind the West Ward Shopping Cen tre bears fruit." At present the I.D.A. are carrying out a feasability study for the site. "Le Cheile are an exam ple of what can be done by people at local lev el to get things moving.
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