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For many years Galway East was known as the dullest and most predicable of constituencies, reliably returning the same three TDs. Population growth and boundary changes saw the constituency gain a fourth seat in 1997, however, and this has given rise to some heated battles between the big two parties as well as seeing the emergence of Independent and Labour challenges.
lochartaigh has welcomed legislation that would criminalise the purchasers of sex. Speaking during a debate on the Criminal Law (Sexual Offences) Bill 2015, Senator Ó Clochartaigh said that prostitution is a vicious and brutal criminal enterprise which allows pimps, traffickers and thugs to exploit women and young girls.
Residents in Sandyvale Lawn are up in arms over the perceived failure of Irish Water to take heed of a report by the Galway City Council on the nature of the area's pipe network, and to inform its workers of the potential dangers when installing water meters in what is a wetland area.
There are 165 vacant council units in the county boundaries of Galway, a situation that has led one general election candidate to declare that with "thousands of people on housing waiting lists", the situation is now at "emergency levels".
Whether the date of the next General Election is November 20, as has been mooted recently, or comes during spring 2016, two predictions are already confidently being made - indeed they have become an article of faith for some, an incontrovertible truth for others - regarding the fate of two high profile candidates in Galway West.
There will be no reduction to the Local Property Tax rate in Galway city or county next year. At the September monthly meeting of Galway County Council, local representatives voted to keep the property tax rate unchanged while city councillors passed a similar motion at their meeting a fortnight ago.
A protest against Irish Water, water charges, water meters, and privatisation, organised by Right2Water Galway, takes place in the Westside area of the city this Saturday, and comes less than a week after a similar protest in Mervue.
With the scent of an election in the air, political anoraks in this column and elsewhere have been busy trying to foreshadow the outcome of the electoral contest taking place in Galway West at some stage over the next six months.
If it is early September it must be political 'think-in' season, when each of the parties, in turn, descend son hotels in various parts of the country to discuss strategy ahead of the commencement of the new Dáil term.