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It may have the smallest number of voters of the three town councils in the county, but that makes the Westport Town Council race one of the most interesting.
One thing is for sure about the European election count on Sunday is that all eyes across the EU will be on The Royal Theatre, Castlebar when the ballot boxes are opened thanks to one man’s name on the ticket, Declan Ganley. The Galway man and Libertas leader has emerged as the most controversial candidate in an election in Ireland for years. Ganley and his Libertas group’s anti-Lisbon Treaty campaign last year lead the charge for the no-vote on the treaty in the country and his party has now gone pan-European in these elections. If Ganley fails to take a seat in this election, where does his or his party’s mandate go to in the expected re-running of the referendum later this year? We will have to wait and see.
The war of words between Labour and Fine Gael looks set to continue as Labour, the largest party on the Galway City Council, finds itself outside the new mayoral pact and policy drive in City Hall.
‘Resistance’, a day of political discussion and debate aimed at teens and those in their twenties, will take place this Saturday in the Forster Court Hotel.
Michael Joe Lavelle, who died recently aged 79, was a loyal and dedicated member of the Westport branch of the Labour Party for over 55 years. He gave long and faithful service to the Labour Party and made a real and tangible contribution to the Irish labour movement, and he was elected Westport branch president for life in 2007.
Deputy Willie Penrose has welcomed the publication of ‘Giving Rural Ireland a Lift’ by Deputy Tommy Broughan, Labour Party Spokesperson on Transport. This set of proposals outlines the Labour Party’s suggestions for maintaining and protecting rural public bus services.
Figures released by Mayo County Council under the Freedom of Information Act have revealed that Mayo county councillors were paid out €836,212 from January to the end of June 2009, all relating to the six months pre-election. Independent Castlebar Councillor Frank Durcan who sought this information said that these figures are “immoral in the times that are in it”.