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As I am compiling this column, it is just before the Westminster vote on Brexit. All observers feel the vote will be defeated, and some say very heavily. Be that as it may, the real question now is, what does Theresa May do next? She has to come back next Monday with a further plan of where she will go and what she will do. More and more it appears that the extension of time, which could be looked for at the end of March, is what is in sight, but we are in the dark and do not have any certainty about the outcome. I am sorry that this is so and apologise to the readers, but there is nothing that I or even the most renowned of columnists in the UK or Ireland can do – we cannot see the way forward as yet.
Minister Michael Ring has confirmed that the Government has allocated €22,355,208 for the improvement and maintenance of roads in Mayo in 2019 including €700,000 for Clongullane Bridge on the N26 between Swinford and Foxford.
Galway is back at the Cabinet table for the first time since the early noughties, following the weekend's appointment of Galway West TD Seán Kyne as Minister for the Gaeltacht and Government Chief Whip.
Key to the development of the Orange Loop traffic system in the town, work on the Railway Field which has been acquired by Westmeath County Council from CIE, will commence towards the latter end of 2019.
Following fourteen years of protracted negotiations, Minister of State and Longford/Westmeath TD, Deputy Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran has confirmed this morning that agreement has been reached on the transfer of the Railway Field from CIE to Westmeath County Council.
Tributes were paid earlier this week to the late TD for Mayo East and former minister, Ballina based Sean Calleary, who died last weekend.
On December 7 1922, Pádraic Ó Máille TD and his friend Sean Hales TD of Cork, walked out of a hotel on Ormonde Quay, by Dublin’s river Liffy. They just had lunch, and were on their way back to the Dáil in Leinster House, a short drive away. Ó Máille, Galway city and Connemara’s first TD, had been appointed Leas Ceann Comhairle (deputy speaker ).
Galway United travel to Tolka Park tomorrow evening for what is expected to be a tough SSE Airtricity League first division encounter against Shelbourne (7.45pm).