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WHAT IS it like to be a dedicated member of a political party, working your way up through the ranks, believing in all the party stands for, and then, to see that certainty and belief shattered?
On June 7 1917 Major Willie Redmond, MP for East Clare, was killed in action leading the Royal Irish Brigade to victory at the Battle of Messines Ridge at Ypres. A member of the Irish Parliamentary Party (his brother John was party leader), he had represented East Clare at Westminster for 25 years. At 53 years of age Redmond was too old to be a soldier. But he was convinced that an Ireland loyal to the Crown would succeed in achieving Home Rule, and so he joined the Irish troops at Flanders.
Roscommon-Galway representative, Eugene Murphy, is one of the TDs who has most regularly contributed to Dáil debates this year, an analysis of Oireachtas speeches has found.
Independent Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Denis Naughten has confirmed that at its meeting this week the Cabinet approved an increase of 25 per cent for the Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance.
A Fianna Fail county councillor from Headford has become the first woman chairperson of the HSE West’s regional health forum.
A Galway TD has accused the new Minister for Rural and Community Affairs, Michael Ring, of “refusing to allocate money” under the CLÁR programme for the repair of small rural access roads leading to “hundreds of homes across Galway and Mayo”.
Fine Gael Deputy for Longford-Westmeath, Peter Burke, in conjunction with Cllr John Dolan, will host a public meeting in Athlone aimed at school-leavers and their parents, about future opportunities in education and in the workforce.
Fianna Fáil TD for Roscommon-Galway, Eugene Murphy says the latest county IDA information debunks the Government’s claim that it is spreading foreign direct investment jobs to all counties in a balanced fashion.
Fianna Fáil spokesperson on children and youth affairs, Anne Rabbitte has said it is simply inexcusable that nearly one in four children that Tusla have concerns over have no social workers assigned to them.