D-Day has come – the Election is called!

Fri, Feb 05, 2016

This weekend saw the Labour Ard Fheis in Mullingar. It was a fine turnout with Joan Burton the star at the Leader’s Speech. Throughout the weekend there is no doubt the local hero was Willie Penrose – a long-time serving Labour TD for Longford-Westmeath.

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Fine Gael in full flight!

Fri, Jan 29, 2016

Never let it be said that I only follow the Ard Fheis of one Party. Last Saturday night, having spent the morning and early afternoon in Dun Laoghaire with Fianna Fáil, I sat down at home to look at Enda Kenny’s speech at the Fine Gael Ard Fheis.

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Floods abate – but storms of a different nature loom large

Fri, Jan 15, 2016

Yes, the floods have dropped in Athlone; however the acute danger remains. This week with its frost and dry weather will hopefully see a further drop in water levels but after that, who knows?

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Bankruptcy Bill, Willie Penrose, and other matters political

Fri, Dec 11, 2015

Well, it has been a busy week all round, particularly in politics. Firstly, we had the Bankruptcy Bill which was brought forward by Willie Penrose, Labour TD for Longford-Westmeath.

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Fri, Nov 20, 2015

It is very difficult to start to think, talk, and write about politics at home when we have had such a weekend of terror and murder in Paris.

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Paddy likes to know the story

Fri, Oct 30, 2015

Last Saturday I was in Salthill for a few hours. It has been about two years since I was in Salthill last. I was amazed again at the grandeur of it; the wide Atlantic breaking in; the long and lovely promenade. 

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Planning, manoeuvring and strategic thinking in political circles

Fri, Jul 31, 2015

Hello to the Mayo Advertiser readers.

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Teachers have vital role in young people's lives

Fri, Jul 03, 2015

Because I could not stop for Death

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Selection convention season is in full swing

Fri, Jun 19, 2015

Well, the selection convention season is in full swing.

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Do we want reform or do we just not care?

Fri, Oct 11, 2013

So, the Seanad survived the chop, the people have spoken or to be more exact around 40 per cent of them have. The right to vote and shape the future of our country is something that was struggled for for hundreds of years, but when two questions to shape the future direction of democracy and the legal setup of the nation was asked, 60 per cent of the people didn't even bother to show up and have their say.

So what do people want? do they want reform or do they want, what some see as an elite, outdated second chamber that both sides of the argument seem to agree isn't working as it should to stay. The winning “no” side can say that it's a vote for reform of the upper house from the people. But is it really a vote for that, when six out ever ten people eligible to vote, didn't even bother having a say on the issue. It would have been the same if the “yes” side had won. The people have spoken, well as I said some of the people have spoken, the majority of people it seems aren't too bothered.

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The quest for childhood adventure in a changing Ireland

Fri, Oct 04, 2013

The experience of childhood in Ireland has changed much over the last few decades. Where once Irish rural life and even the rural towns offered an adventure land fuelled by the vivid imagination that comes only with childhood, modern Ireland offers not a playground, but an arena of protection, insecurity and fear.

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A football story

Fri, Sep 27, 2013

September ’13 in Mayo, it’s All Ireland season.

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