Why Conneely needs to persuade the women

Thu, Oct 30, 2014

The one thing which has been clear from the outset of the life of the new Galway City Council has been that it will be different from the last couple of chambers.

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End of the misery

Thu, Oct 23, 2014

Sighs of relief could be heard emanating from living rooms, offices and pubs across the country last Wednesday evening as finally after six years of unrelenting misery on Budget days there was some form of relief for hard-pressed citizens. Having endured such negativity in recent years most people would have settled for ‘not being any worse off’ after this Budget but in the end most people probably ended up modestly better off.

This was a notable turnaround as for most of the year, and until very recently indeed, the expectation was that this would be yet another Budget of retrenchment and the most people dared to hope for was that it would be the last such Budget in this cycle of austerity. Even as the public finances improved over the course of the year people only dared hope for something that might be described as having a neutral impact on their finances. This does then represent something of a turnaround in the country’s economic fortunes but whether it marks a turnaround in the fortunes of the government is not so clear.

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Food for thought from the recent by-elections

Thu, Oct 16, 2014

Dep Fitzmaurice after his victory.

It was all about by-elections last weekend - two Dáil by-elections being watched closely with a view to gauging the mood music of the electorate; a Seanad by-election generating an inordinate amount of interest as the Government inflicted an unnecessary wound on itself; and two parliamentary by-elections in England which may yet prove to be of some interest this side of the Irish Sea.

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GRASSROOTS: Would lowering property tax only benefit the well off?

Thu, Oct 09, 2014

Wednesday September 17 saw an historic and crucial meeting of the Galway City Council take place with regard to the Local Property Tax. Irish democracy had a great outing and Insider was there to see and report on it.

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GRASSROOTS: Water charges - the heaviest austerity measure yet

Thu, Oct 02, 2014

Question - What country had a Robin Hood 90 per cent tax rate on its wealthiest citizens? The Soviet Union? Cuba? No; the United States. And lots of European countries as well.

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The roots of the tension between the parties in City Hall

Thu, Sep 25, 2014

The first meetings of the new Galway City Council have been marked by tension and sniping between Fianna Fáil members and their counterparts in the ruling group of Fine Gael, Labour, and centre-right Independents.

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Scotland’s independence vote will affect us

Thu, Sep 11, 2014

With the schools back, the evenings longer, and summer giving way to autumn, focus is switching to the resumption of the Dáil and to what the political environment will be like over the coming months. Are we facing a winter of discontent or are the dark skies starting to give way to brighter days?

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Galway to ban the election poster?

Tue, Sep 02, 2014

Cllr Pearce Flannery (centre). If he gets support for his motion fellow councillors like Niall McNelis (left) and Peter Keane (right) will no longer be alble to erect posters during elections. Photo:- Mike Shaughnessy.

Airbrushed and grinning politicians beaming benevolently from election posters, stuck to every available lamp-post in the city, may about to be banned, but only if the politicians themselves vote for it.

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As FG/Labour support falls, is re-election plausible?

Thu, Jul 10, 2014

‘There will be much fanfare over Joan Burton’s leadership, the Cabinet reshuffle, and an opportunity to loosen the purse strings as the budgetary position improves - but much of the damage has already been done.’

Last Friday saw much fanfare in the USA, and among Irish-based Americans, for the Independence Day celebrations, but in Ireland a dominant theme of political discourse - even close to two months after the local the European elections - is more of Independents’ Day.

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TALKING POLITICS: Cometh the hour, cometh the man?

Thu, Jul 03, 2014

Éamon Ó Cuív and Ollie Crowe pictured at the 2009 local election count. Will both be celebrating at the 2016 General Election?

Galway political anoraks will not have failed to notice how Fianna Fáil councillor Ollie Crowe has taken over from his brother, Cllr Michael J, as the ‘Face of the party in the city’, these last three years.

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Why Joan Burton is the best choice for Labour leader

Thu, Jun 26, 2014

Labour leadership candidate Joan Burton with Galway Labour members Sen Lorraine Higgins, Cllr Billy Cameron, and Cllr Neil McNelis at the recent Labour leadership hustings in the Clayton Hotel. Photo:- Mike Shaughnessy.

Insider is, this week, looking at the contest for the Labour leadership, from a Labour perspective, in the aftermath of what was a disastrous election for the party in which it lost three seats on the Galway City Council.

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Sinn Féin & The Noel Grealish Party

Mon, Jun 16, 2014

Sinn Féin senator Trevor Ó Clochartaigh.

A senator and a Galway County Council seat in Connemara; three council seats in the city; and a councillor for Oranmore Athenry, and all for Sinn Féin, while Labour is on the ropes, bruised, battered, and both eyes blackened.

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Sinn Féin demands City Hall slash property tax rate

Mon, Jun 16, 2014

Sinn Féin city councillor Mairéad Farrell.

A motion to slash the controversial property tax by 15 per cent will be put forward by Sinn Féin councillors at this afternoon’s Galway City Council meeting.

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‘I will serve my full five years’ - Cameron

Thu, Jun 05, 2014

Labour Cllr Billy Cameron.

“Absolute crap, absolute rubbish” is how Labour councillor Billy Cameron has described Fianna Fáil accusations that he has no intention of serving his full five-year term on Galway City Council.

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‘And you can quote me on that’

Thu, May 29, 2014

“I have a degree and a masters and yet I’m unemployed. My generation is the lost generation. In me, voters saw someone who has stayed and can give the perspective of that generation in City Hall, and the perspective of my generation is needed.”

The 24-year-old Sinn Féin councillor Máiréad Farrell speaking after her election on Saturday.

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Election analysis - All change and no change in city’s 2014 vote

Mon, May 26, 2014

Sinn Féin's Anna Marley and Cathal Ó Conchuir celebrate their election to City Hall at the count in the Westside Community Centre on Sunday. Photo:- Mike Shaughnessy

Galway will never have seen a city council like the one that gathers in June for the first meeting in City Hall after the Local Elections, and yet, from a certian point of view, it will be a council that is strangely familiar.

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City Hall needs a younger generation’s perspective

Sun, May 25, 2014

Sinn Fein's Mairead Farrell with her mother Jenny, sister Medb and father Niall after being elected to Galway City Council at the count in Westside Community Centre on Saturday. Photo:-Mike Shaughnessy

The first Sinn Féin candidate to be elected in Galway city in 10 years is also, at 24, the youngest candidate to be elected to the Galway City Council. “My generation is the lost generation,” she says.

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Can Sheridan and Marley take a seat each in Central?

Sun, May 25, 2014

Sheamus Sheridan.

Can the Green's Sheamus Sheridan and Sinn Féin's Anna Marley take the last two seats in Galway City Central, capitalising on the collapse of Padraig Conneely's vote and the modest performance of Nicola Deacy?

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Galway City West - the complete results

Sun, May 25, 2014

Returning officer Gary McMahon declared Niall McNelis and Pearce Flannery elected having exceeded the quota and Cathal Ó Conchúir and Peter Keane elected, not having reached the quota.

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‘I don’t set out to court favour - I’m a straight talker’

Sun, May 25, 2014

Cllr Catherine Connolly and Cllr Michael Crowe at the count in the Westside Community Centre on Saturday. Photo:- Mike Shaughnessy

The decline of family run businesses in Galway city, the housing crisis, and the less women elected to Galway City Council than in the last Local Election; for Independent councillor Catherine Connolly there is a lot to be concerned about.

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