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With the scent of an election in the air, political anoraks in this column and elsewhere have been busy trying to foreshadow the outcome of the electoral contest taking place in Galway West at some stage over the next six months.
Before Fr Peter Conway was appointed parish priest of Headford, he was a curate in Ballinrobe. His very considerable energies were thrown into building a new church and presbytery. He also succeeded in acquiring a site for the Convent of Mercy and Christian Brothers’ schools in a primary location in the centre of the town. And all may have been well, and the good father praised for his building and organisational skills, and allowed to live in peace, were it not for the Mayo general election of April 6 1857.
Local Independent Councillor Michael O’Brien has this week confirmed that he will not be contesting the forthcoming General Election.
“Oh, the days of the Kerry dancing Oh, the ring of the piper’s tune Oh, for one of those hours of gladness Gone, alas, like our youth, too soon!”
The Kerry Dance by J.L. Molloy
I am aware that earlier when I started to write for the Advertiser that we spoke about the Oireachtas Banking Inquiry but it has now concluded its work. I thought it would be helpful to review how it conducted itself and how it ended.
Fianna Fáil councillor Aengus O’Rourke has said that his party’s decision to run just one candidate in Westmeath and one in Longford for the upcoming General Election is a strategy that lacks ambition.
Fianna Fáil General Election candidate for Mayo Cllr Lisa Chambers says the Government’s Water Conservation Grant will actually end up costing Mayo taxpayers money and will do nothing to encourage people to conserve water. Cllr Chambers made the comments after letters encouraging people to sign up for the grant arrived in the post last week.
A number of elected members of the Claremorris Municipal District expressed their disappointment this week at how €440,000 in top-up funding for road works projects in the area was decided to be spent. Fianna Fáil Cllr Damien Ryan told the Mayo Advertiser yesterday: "Bar a very small corner near Claremorris, none of the money came to projects in the part of the district that is now part of the new Galway-West constituency for the General Election."
Ireland should be prepared to take in 10,000 Syrian refugees, with each parish in the State being willing to accommodate five families each, according to Independent Galway West Senator Fidelma Healy-Eames.