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In political terms, these last few weeks have been depressing. First, we were subjected to the electoral version of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? (aka the Irish presidency), while thousands of Irish families remain homeless, with no sign of a publicly financed house building programme.
The November ‘Over The Edge: Open Reading’ takes place in Galway City Library on Thursday November 22, from 6.30 to 8pm.
O’Donnellan & Joyce has recently been shortlisted for the 2018 Irish Independent Property Industry Excellence Awards in the category of Regional Excellence. This is the fourth time the Galway company has been shortlisted in these prestigious awards.
Students studying at Athlone Institute of Technology (AIT) are among the most satisfied in Ireland, according to The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019 released at the weekend. The Good University Guide, now in its 17th year, is Ireland’s only league table ranking the country’s 21 higher education institutes against one another.
As I am compiling this weekly column for the Advertiser, people in the US are voting in the mid-term elections for both the House of Representatives and the Senate. So by the time my column appears the results will be fully out. I hope that the polls which are forecasting Democratic wins in the House of Representatives are correct, but of course our belief in polls has run low. President Trump has put a huge effort into shoring up the Republican seats in both the Congress and the Senate, and he has campaigned tirelessly for the last 10 days hoping to consolidate the Republican vote. It seems that the US is viewing these mid-term elections as a referendum on President Trump and his handling of the US. So it will be very intriguing to see the results and to see whether the Democrats will come back in charge of the House of Representatives.
My great grandmother, Elizabeth Ellam, was killed on the RMS Leinster when on October 10 1918, exploded and sank following a ruthless German submarine attack shortly after the ship had departed Dun Laoghaire, on her way to Holyhead in Wales. It was practically one month to the day before World War I was declared officially over.
Newly re-elected President Michael D Higgins was by far and away the top choice for those who voted in last Friday's presidential election in the county.
It is reassuring the people of Ireland have elected Michael D Higgins as our President for another seven years.
While the referendum on blasphemy has been overshadowed by the presidential election, the Galway West Labour Party is calling for a Yes vote, saying it would “remove a problematic anachronism from the Constitution”.
NUI Galway Students’ Union is holding a road safety day on Wednesday October 31, where the Road Safety Authority interactive shuttle and roll-over simulator will be outside Áras na Mac Léinn from 10am to 4pm.