We have stood up, but how will we be counted?

Thu, Apr 14, 2011

So now everyone in the country should have been counted and accounted for, the real work starts in making heads and tail of the results to ensure our politicians and policy makers can make informed decisions.

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Right, so who’s head of the household?

Thu, Apr 07, 2011

While John Denver had the bould Annie to fill up his census, there will be no such luxury for us this weekend when we will have to gather all the childers and auld wans and young wans, cats and dogs in the house on Sunday night and do a headcount for fear we should get it wrong. In censuses past, the job of gathering all in one room and filling out the forms fell to the person known as the Head of the Household.

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...and not a child in the house washed

Thu, Mar 31, 2011

Ya know, with all the years when we had money and a few cars outside all of the houses owned, and the Jacuzzi bubbling away on the acre of decking, when every village had its own coke dealer, and the selection of brothels open all hours, when we were just like every other country in Europe nobody ever came calling. We tried to get all shapes of world leader in to show just how far removed we were from the image of the John Hinde postcard.

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Let us go forward with the clocks and be inspired by nature

Thu, Mar 24, 2011

After all the miles and miles of newsprint, the millions of tweets, the hour upon hour of broadcast time devoted to the the State of Ireland and the state it is in, none hit the mark as much as those uttered in Washington by Bill Clinton last week. It was fascinating and poignant, because as a nation we are obsessed about how others see us. This stems from producing the blue willow cups for the Yanks every time they came home in the ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s, as if they thought more of us because they believed that we were forever drinking our tay with these, our chubby fingers dallying with this dainty delph.

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Time for city councillors to cop on or go

Wed, Mar 16, 2011

The political events and the economic fallout from the past few months have led to a situation where the general public is now less accepting of any posturing or gombeenism. They have all been through the mill financially at the start of this new year and there is no appetite for the sort of political games that might have taken place in more affluent times. The only thing that the public want of their politicians now is that they go in, do their job, be as respectful and accommodating as possible and that in return the public servants work with them to ensure the services that we all need are provided to the highest standard.

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The chance of change must not be squandered

Thu, Mar 10, 2011

Last night in Dail Eireann, the first chapter of the new history of this country was written. We hope that with the introduction of this new Government that an end of public service gombeenism is in sight. Taoiseach Kenny in his inaugural speech spoke of the need for the Government and the governed to move closer and he acknowleged that to do that, he needs to build up trust, and to build that, he will use the rare commodity of truth. It is something that has been in rare supply in recent years. He must acknowledge too that politicians are in the Last Chance Saloon when it comes to honesty and integrity, and that his Government, more than ever, will have to be seen to be above party politics if it is to achieve what needs to be done. If it fails, it will go down in smoke, and with it, the body politic.

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Let’s save this country for our chidlren

Thu, Feb 24, 2011

It’ll be great to get this election out of the way. After months and months of political turmoil, the Irish psyche is quite distressed, Our heads have taken a pounding about five year plans and moving forward and looking backwards and for the greater good and in the national interest, and now we’re at the stage where we’re just wishing that they’d all shag off back under the rock whence they crawled.

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Field starts to take shape with just a week to go

Thu, Feb 17, 2011

Roll up, roll up, roll up, for the next week you are Willie Wonka, the chocolate maker, and you have it in your power to make someone very very happy indeed. You are the holder of the key to the kingdom, the keeper of the Golden Ticket for nine individuals who after your consideration are set to benefit enormously through your trust of their general capabilities to represent you and your area for the next five years.

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Field starts to take shape with just a week to go

Thu, Feb 17, 2011

Roll up, roll up, roll up, for the next week you are Willie Wonka, the chocolate maker, and you have it in your power to make someone very very happy indeed. You are the holder of the key to the kingdom, the keeper of the Golden Ticket for nine individuals who after your consideration are set to benefit enormously through your trust of their general capabilities to represent you and your area for the next five years.

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There’s no show now that it’s a no-Joe show

Thu, Feb 10, 2011

And so ends the great political career that never was.

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No excuses as The Chosen People shun politics

Thu, Feb 03, 2011

The best laid plans of mice and men, Eh? Well, the mice have certainly been to the fore this week with the news that the beautiful people, the chosen ones, those doyens of the media, those apostles of the commentary box, those Ivorians of the ivory tower have decided that after much bleating, beating of chests, gnashing of teeth and scratching of arses, that they could not be bothered to take part in the forthcoming election and save Ireland for the rest of us.

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Fianna Fail — The show is over, get off the stage

Thu, Jan 27, 2011

The political drama of the last while is beginning to wear on us now. We’ve seen and heard it all. We don’t want to be lied to anymore. We don’t want to see the likes of Brian Cowen anymore or his lying ministers. We don’t want to see the legal eagle Lenihan spinning us his economics the way he’d spin a defence to get a gurrier off the hook in court. The likes of Dermot Ahern and Noel Dempsey shaking their heads and lying to us, treating us like fools. Jumped up teachers and solicitors and people who never had a real job in the real world, but who were coccooned in a bubble at our expense.

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Tomorrow's port announcement is most significant in history of Galway

Thu, Jan 20, 2011

When they come to write the history of Galway 100 years from now, we can be fairly sure that the legacy of an event tomorrow (Friday) will be writ large on those pages.

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Michaela’s death brings back memories of the Manuela anguish

Thu, Jan 13, 2011

It has been a tragic week for the entire country, a dark start to the New Year, and for once, the concern is not about wealth or deteriorating economic circumstances. Right from the weekend, when the former Galway student was mauled to death by a dog in Malaysia, from when that joyous hen party turned tragic in Kinsale, from when two bodies were found shot in Limerick, an air of gloom has pervaded the entire country.

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A year to look forward to

Thu, Jan 06, 2011

JANUARY — the year gets off to a flying start when the words 'Oh feck' are uttered collectively by two million as the January wage sheets are handed out and the true realisation of the Budget kicks in... Sky Sports reports a massive number of calls to their cancellation centre...sales of lattes are decimated...hair extensions are returned to the rats who sold them during the good times...the lights are turned off...Our working class hero Anglo Avenger Trucker Joe, who hasn't mounted a protest using building equipment for what must be weeks now, attacks Anglo ATMs with an angle grinder. He is arrested again for the usual few hours, but despite his latest effort, Cadbury's say that he is not their man for the new Milk Tray ad...back to the drawing board for the caped crusader. It snows and rains and freezes.

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From bailout to baleouts — it’s leak and potato soup

Thu, Dec 30, 2010

Grab hold of your stopcock. Make sure your ballcock is floating. Now relax there in the dark of the attic.

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Why can’t we just have boring weather anymore

Thu, Dec 16, 2010

You would think that with all the mess we’re in at the moment, the very least we could get would be a reprieve from the elements. What with us still recovering from the trauma of that few inches of snow last week, but alas, it seems that just as you read these words on this frosty Thursday morning, the first flakes of snow are winding their way down from the heavens above you.

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Don’t be too proud to ask for help

Thu, Dec 09, 2010

In all of our communities right now, there are husbands and wives, fathers and mothers, who have lost their jobs and are wondering how they are going to make it through the winter and out the far side. They know that there are but a few weeks to Christmas yet they have never been as badly prepared as they are this year. Thousands of homes will experience a Christmas the likes of which they have not experienced for some years.

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Galway feels the love that will help it beat recession

Thu, Dec 02, 2010

Genband cast a strong vote of confidence in Galway yesterday when it announced that it is to invest the guts of eight million euro in its plant which will open early next year. Tomorrow, Friday, the IRFU, although belatedly, will also cast a strong vote of confidence in Connacht rugby when they at last give it the sort of stability and recognition that it has long sought, and long deserved. Last Saturday and Sunday, tens of thousands of shoppers cast their vote of confidence in Galway when they chose this city to be the place where they want to do their Christmas shopping, by flocking to the streets and giving Galway a Christmas atmosphere it has also long sought.

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The darkest hour is just before the dawn

Thu, Nov 25, 2010

My mother had an expression uttered each time she saw a pram which went “there’s last year’s fun on wheels.” Well, last night at the publication of the Four Year Plan, we got the bill for the fun that was had by many, though not all in the first seven years of this century. And like a bill in a restaurant when you peruse the columns to make sure you haven’t been charged for something you didn’t order, there are a lot of people in this country this morning who will be mnystified why they have to foot the bill for a party to which they were not invited.

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