Thu, May 28, 2015
It was not a day when our local politicians covered themselves in glory. A debate on where some elected members of the Galway County Council would sit in the newly refurbished council chamber was succinctly summed up by Republican Sinn Féin representative, Tomas O Curraoin, who labelled the whole matter a joke, and likened the behaviour of some councillors to small children. "If kids were in junior infants, they would be arguing about where they were sitting," he said
The impressive new chamber - which cost more than €450,000 - has proved to be extremely controversial, with a number of councillors being highly critical of the cost of the refurbishment. The renovations took place due to the number of county councillors increasing from 30 to 39 in the last local election. The original chamber was not big enough to facilitate this number of people, and health and safety conditions dictated it be increased in size.
But the controversy did not end there, as when the new room was revealed, members of Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael, and Sinn Féin were unhappy with the seating arrangements. Some councillors believed the two main parties should be sitting opposite each other - which would have been the traditional layout in the old chamber. A proposal was made by Fianna Fáil's Michael Connolly that his party members sit one side towards the top end of the chamber, while Fine Gael's Jimmy McClearn made a proposal on behalf of his party concerning the seating on the opposite side.
While last week's historic referendum on same sex marriage was undoubtedly the political event of the year in Ireland, earlier this month the eyes in Leinster House were very firmly fixed on events across the Irish Sea and the British general election.
THE INIMITABLE Des Keogh comes to the Town Hall next week with My Fair Ladies, a new play which he has written and performs about the many women in the extraordinary life of George Bernard Shaw.
Sherry FitzGerald is offering No 14 Gortard Avenue, Salthill, to the market for sale by public auction (unless previously sold) on June 18 in The Ardilaun hotel, Taylor's Hill, Galway, at 3pm.
Land Rover has created a special bespoke Defender to carry the Rugby World Cup 2015 trophy.
Eircom has announced its proposed solution to the Government’s tender to bring high speed broadband to rural Ireland.
Its Beauty review time at Matt O Flaherty Chemists, and having rigoursly sampled all the new launces, to bring you the best foundations, blushers, you name it, these are the ‘musts’ you have to try, selected by their team of beauty experts.
There is something about the smell of new carpet that drives us all daft. Or the whiff of a freshly vacuumed office. Or the dying aroma of the last coat of paint that has been applied over some wall. There’s a reason that a new car smell adds a few grand to the price of your car.