As the clock counts down for councillors and candidates to the local elections, the latest odds from John Mulholland Bookmakers suggest there’s going to be a major shake-up in Galway City Council come Friday.
Galway City Central
According to John Mulholland, the safest seats in the centre are Billy Cameron (Lab), Pádraig Conneely (FG), Nicola Deacy (FF) and Ollie Crowe (FF).
Cllr Conneely is now expected to top the poll at 11/8 and Mike Cubbard (Ind) is expected to take a seat but then it’s a “pure dogfight” for the last seat, said the city bookie.
“Labour have shot themselves in the foot but will hope transfers will get either [Colette] Connolly or [John] McDonagh over the line but if they’ve messed up as expected there’s a chance Frank Fahy (FG) will get that last seat. Don’t rule out Anna Marley (SF) or even Seamus Sheridan (Green) for that last seat,” said Mulholland.
Galway City East
Terry O’Flaherty (Ind), Declan McDonnell (Ind,) Mairéad Farrell (SF), Michael Crowe (FF) and John Walsh (FG) all look “safe”, with Cllr O’Flaherty expected to top the poll, according to Mulholland.
“Early confidence in Alan Cheevers is expiring though as both John Rabbitte and Monica Coughlan have been well backed in Mulhollands to take that last seat. Noel Larkin has run a superb campaign and he will be in the shakedown as the final votes get counted. Labour look out with the washing,” said the bookie.
Galway City West
Donal Lyons (Ind), Catherine Connolly (Ind), Peter Keane (FF), Pearce Flannery (FG), Niall McNelis (Lab) and David Burke (FF) are the six in front, Michelle Murphy (FG) and Cathal Ó Conchúir (SF) also in the running. “Cathal will receive most of the eliminated candidates transfers especially Tommy Holohan who could post a large total,” according Mulholland.