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By late Tuesday morning there was little point in political anoraks hashtagging their Tweets with #GE17 anymore - unless they were tweeting along the lines of 'Well that's #GE17 averted then' - after Frances Fitzgerald resigned as Tánaiste, and spared the State a Christmas General Election.
The decision to move all PRSI services online has met with fierce criticism from a leading Galway TD, who said it is an impractical move with many areas of the State still without adequate broadband cover.
A “total failure” is how one Galway TD has described the Government’s tenant purchase scheme, which has seen only 11 houses sold in the State under its terms, with no houses sold in County Galway, while in Mayo, only one home was transferred into the tenant’s ownership.
An increase to the number of weeks of Early Childhood Care and Education children will be eligible for, announced under Budget 2018, has been called a “step in the right direction”, but problems still remain.
Proposals to amalgamate the Galway City Council and Galway County Council into one local authority body for the entire county should be “abandoned”, as rural areas, especially the Gaeltacht and the Islands, “would suffer as a result of the move”.
Proposals to amalgamate the Galway City Council and Galway County Council into one local authority body for the entire county should be "abandoned", as rural areas, especially the Gaeltacht and the Islands, "would suffer as a result of the move".
Niall Ó Tuathail's official announcement as the Social Democrats' Galway West candidate at the next General Election is simply confirmation of what many political watchers had long expected.
Ireland should "stop treating its older workers in the public service as second-class citizens" and allow them to work on after they reach the age of 65, a Galway TD is demanding.
The world has changed a bit since the first time that Galway had a mayor named Pierce.
Back in February, when the Dáil debated the hospital waiting list scandal, Fine Gael Galway West TD Hildegard Naughton fired out a press release detailing another outrageous statistic about UHG’s A&E Department - as if it had nothing to do with her party.