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Sinn Féin’s Pearse Doherty was in fine form during the Budget debate. Particularly enjoyable was his contrasting the Cabinet ‘s bellyaching over when to pay the miserly €5 extra to pensioners with the carefree approach to dishing out another €4,000+ per annum to ministers.
In what has been a tumultuous year to date – an inconclusive general election result in February, the shock of Brexit in June, and then the judgment in the Apple case at the end of August – last week’s Budget arguably posed the biggest challenge to date to the minority Government and the much vaunted ‘new politics’.
The future of Apple's data centre for Athenry would not appear to be in jeopardy, despite the EU Commission's demand the company pay €13 billion in unpaid taxes, and Government fears the decision could harm future of job creation and multi-national investment in the State.
One of Ireland's leading left-wing economists, Brian O'Boyle, will address a public meeting in Galway this evening, on the new situation facing Ireland in the aftermath of Brexit.
Even the most sceptical observer cannot accuse those who describe last week’s Brexit referendum result as 'seismic' or 'a political earthquake' of engaging in hyperbole. From an Irish perspective, it is potentially the most significant thing to happen in peace-time British politics since the abdication of King Edward VIII in 1936.
"We must sow terror in the hearts of the Irish people," a senior Irish politician told Irish Independent journalist James Downey in 2001, explaining how the Republic's Government would reverse the people's No vote to the EU's Nice Treaty that year, and turn it into a Yes vote for the same treaty the year after.
It has been a busy 12 months at the ballot boxes – General Elections in Ireland and Britain, a landmark vote to introduce same-sex marriage in the Republic. Each has been noteworthy, historic, and in some cases seismic but, as Insider has noted for some time, the biggest electoral event facing Ireland in 2016 is Britain's upcoming EU membership referendum on June 23.
Mayo based company Portwest, Europe’s leading manufacturer of personal protective clothing and equipment, is the first to market in Europe and America with a new revolutionary head protection product. The peak view translucent hard hat is an improved modern design on the traditional hard shell protective helmet that allows wearers maximum peripheral vision. It is perfect for companies which are seeking to improve their culture of health and safety.
Government funding has been secured for the expansion and development of Galway Hospice, ending years of efforts to address core funding deficits and resource issues at the charity.
A pioneer of the all-day property auction both regionally and throughout Ireland, O’Donnellan & Joyce auctioneers will host its next all-day auction from 10am tomorrow in The Harbour Hotel, with close to 50 properties going under the hammer.