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First things first: Trump’s election was greeted by wild rumours in Galway that all the US multinationals would be forced by the new president to re-locate to North America. This did not happen under Obama, as was initially feared, and it will not happen under Trump.
Minister for Finance Michael Noonan and Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Paschal Donohoe presented the first Budget of the Minority Government Fine Gael-Independent Coalition. Ministers Noonan and Donohoe announced that the total Budget package of €1.3bn favours expenditure increases over revenue reductions by three to one reflecting the Government’s commitment to rebuilding and investing in public services. More detail will be included in the Finance Bill to be published later this month.
Following a busy season of workshops on migration and refugees with Mayo’s secondary schools, The Mary Robinson Centre has announced an exciting programme of events for the summer, with equality, peace, and human rights at the heart of these events.
Two of the world’s best known mountaineers are visiting Galway this week. Guinness World Record holders, brothers Mingma and Pasang Sherpa, have between them climbed Mount Everest a total of 28 times, while Mingma Sherpa was the first Nepalise man to reach the summit of K2. The Sherpas hail from a renowned climbing family which consists of seven brothers who have climbed Everest a combined total of 54 times
THE BRILLIANT Abie Philbin Bowman, whose comedy goes "way beyond superficial satire" to be "absorbing, challenging and highly entertaining", by Time Out, plays the Róisín Dubh Comedy Clubh.
Red poppies are worn in remembrance of the dead of WWI but for many the symbol is considered a glorification of war or a way of avoiding acknowledging its horrors and devastation, and so the white poppy has become an alternative.