Flynn calls for local unity

Fri, Dec 05, 2008

“I really do miss the council, it was a great grounding and base for someone in politics and I learned a lot there. It’s the coal face of politics in Ireland, the saying is that all politics is local in Ireland and at that level it’s as local as you can get.” Up until the dual mandate was eliminated it wasn’t a rare site to see TDs also being county councillors and Deputy Beverley Flynn was no different. After being co-opted on to Mayo County Council in 1996 and then elected in 1994 the Castlebar based-TD knows what it’s like to be on the ground level in local politics.

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Getting the youth vote out

Fri, Dec 05, 2008

Low turnout in elections is usually blamed on apathy from the franchised youth in the country who don’t bother to make their way to the polls. Apart from those who will always have an interest or those raised in a dyed in the wool political household, getting the younger generation involved in politics is no easy task. Who is to blame? The political parities, the media, education or the politicians themselves. There is no easy answer to a complex question. But on the ground moves are being made by the political parties to capture the youth vote and generate interest in politics in the run up to next year’s elections.

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Ganley and his ‘single issue agenda’ out of touch says Harkin

Fri, Dec 05, 2008

The 110 workers losing their jobs at Thermo King in Galway and the sheep farmers picketing outside the Department of Agriculture would be much more concerned with their future economic circumstances than with a possible second Lisbon Referendum.

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Cross-party support for report on Ireland’s future in EU

Fri, Dec 05, 2008

There has been cross-party support this week for the publication of the report of the Oireachtas sub-committee on Ireland’s future in the EU.

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Regions losing out under Fianna Fáil/Green Gov – Ring

Fri, Dec 05, 2008

Fianna Fáil and the Green Party have overlooked rural regions, according to Fine Gael’s spokesperson on Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs Michael Ring TD.

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Funding boost for Mayo farmers - Carty

Fri, Dec 05, 2008

Mayo farmers will receive a funding boost as balancing payments under the 2008 Single Farm Payment were due to be issued, according to Fianna Fáil Senator and Government Spokesperson for Agriculture in Seanad Eireann, John Carty.

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€10m spend on ministers’ staff undermines public sector reform

Fri, Dec 05, 2008

Fine Gael Deputy John O’Mahony has revealed that private and constituency office staff for Government ministers amount to some 200 staff at a cost of at least €10 million. Dep O’Mahony said that the Government’s big talk about public sector reform is undermined by their inability to get their own house in order.

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Maloney confirms intention to run in local election

Fri, Dec 05, 2008

Foxford Fianna Fáil Councillor Jimmy Maloney has confirmed that he will run in the upcoming local elections.

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O’Mahony reminds shoppers of contribution local businesses make

Fri, Dec 05, 2008

Mayo Fine Gael TD John O’Mahony is calling on people to shop in Mayo this Christmas and support Mayo employers and employees. In an attempt to create awareness of the importance of shopping locally, Deputy O’Mahony is making an appeal to shoppers to “stop and think” before they leave the county to do their seasonal shopping.

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Sinn Fein to launch major report into the redevelopment of the west

Fri, Dec 05, 2008

Sinn Féin Senator Pearse Doherty has presented a major report on the redevelopment of the west of Ireland to the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs. The report, entitled “Awakening the West: Overcoming Social and Economic Inequality”, is the first report of its kind in decades and has been put together after a major consultation process involving dozens of groups along the western seaboard.

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FG plan will hurt Castlebar - Barrett

Fri, Dec 05, 2008

Mayo Labour hopeful Harry Barrett has launched another blistering attack on Fine Gael, this time on the party’s plan to drop public sector wages by ten per cent.

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Grassroots

Fri, Nov 28, 2008

A few months ago I wrote that a week is a long time in politics, the old saying, but for Fianna Fáil and in particular Fianna Fáil Councillors, TDs and MEPs this month has been a long time.

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