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Election 2016 saw Galway West do two things it never did before - elect two Independents and, more significantly, elect two women, meaning Independent Catherine Connolly and FG's Hildegarde Naughton, join FF's Máire Geoghegan Quinn, as the only women to ever be returned for the constituency.
Eamon Ó Cuív will top the poll in Galway West; Derek Nolan has lost his seat, Fidelma Healy Eames fourth attempt to enter the Dáil has failed, and Galway might be about to elect it's first woman in more than 20 years, and it's first Sinn Féin TD in almost a century.
Galway West stands on the brink of electing its first female TD in almost 20 years, but while the omens are good for Independent Left councillor Catherine Connolly, her route to the Dáil is by no means certain, as Sinn Féin and the Social Democrats are also eyeing that same seat.
By the time the votes are all counted on Saturday and the people's verdict read out Mayo will be returning four deputies to the 32nd Dáil, one fewer than five years ago and two fewer than the county returned 24 years ago when the 27th Dáil was elected. From 1997 on Mayo was reduced to a single constituency as the old Mayo West and Mayo East constituencies were merged, and from 2016 on a large swathe of south Mayo has been subsumed into Galway West. With it in the region of 7,000 votes have gone south of the border and with them sitting Mayo TD John O'Mahony who is looking to take a seat in a battle royale that many observers expect to go on long into Sunday and maybe later before the final shake-out in that particular battle is decided.
Today's the day when the people of Mayo get their chance to have their say on the future direction of representation of the county in the Dáil. This is the time when you get to express your democratic right and have a say on who you think is best to represent the county's interests on a local, national, and international level.
WITH 10 days to polling day, Galway West has become something it has never been before - unpredictable. For years it returned two FF and one each for FG, Labour, and a PD/Independent. Even the electoral upheaval of 2011 almost bypassed the constituency, with FG the party to take two, as opposed to FF.
An Taoiseach Enda Kenny this morning confirmed that the general election will take place on Friday, February 26. The Taoiseach made the announcement this morning in the Dáil before he departed to go to Aras an Uachtarain to ask President Michael D Higgins to dissolve the 31st Dáil.
National opinion poll figures over the last month have seen Fine Gael come in between 28 to 32 per cent, which, if replicated on polling day in Galway West would ensure two seats.
Depending on your point of view, Labour's Derek Nolan is destined to crash and burn, or is Galway West's great survivor, who in spite of all, will defy the odds and trends, and retain his seat at Election 2016.
Stagnant is a word that has been used to describe Fianna Fáil's support levels over the last five years. While it has recovered slightly since the Election 2011 massacre, where it fell to 17.5 per cent, opinion polls have shown it stubbornly stuck around the 18 to 20 mark.