Rising flood waters of grave concern as pathway towards Government creation yet to emerge

Thu, Feb 27, 2020

We’ll have to take a big gulp and try to think positively. But it is so difficult with all the troubled news around us.

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Trials of Government formation as bright Spring evenings begin to emanate

Thu, Feb 20, 2020

Well, as I am writing this, the election logjam trundles on. As we all know, the Dáil will meet on Thursday of this week, and their first task will be the election of a Ceann Comhairle. After that then, the games will begin. It is envisaged that each of the party leaders will be proposed and seconded to be Taoiseach, and each one will fail the numbers game.

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Bingo players make their Dáil mark as we await UK General Election results

Thu, Dec 12, 2019

I was thinking back on Dáil business last week, and the real heroes and winners of any of the debates which were held were those who went and protested against what we might loosely call the ‘Bingo legislation’. This was legislation which the Government was bringing in, not to curtail bingo players, but to have a more equitable share-out of the funding of such events.

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Ensure you make a local charity donation as Christmas season enters full flow

Thu, Dec 05, 2019

Before we begin our rundown of things that have happened or are going to happen, I would like to enter a special plea.

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Plaudits for Schmidt despite rugby loss as Brexit charade continues to play out

Thu, Oct 24, 2019

Last Saturday, like many of our readers, I put aside to watch two main items on television : 1) the rugby quarter-final, Ireland versus the All Blacks, and 2) the proceedings in Westminster when Boris Johnson would endeavour to bring in his settlement with Europe.

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Ireland wilt under Brave Blossoms pressure as local students await Junior Cert results

Thu, Oct 03, 2019

We will begin this column with our take on the rugby match last Saturday between Ireland and Japan. Firstly, in my opinion, Ireland did not play badly, but yet Japan played a terrific game.

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National Ploughing Championships a triumph as Ireland start World Cup in comprehensive style

Thu, Sep 26, 2019

I wonder who were the more satisfied people last weekend: was it the Irish rugby team after their win in Japan, or Anna May McHugh and the organisers of the National Ploughing Championships?

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Reflecting and looking forward

Thu, Aug 15, 2019

Well, what a packed week we have had, and more to come.

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Summer sunshine finally arrives as the quest for Tory Party leadership continues

Thu, Jun 27, 2019

Well, for once the weather in Ireland performed exactly as required.

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Resilience in the face of adversity seminar apt in light of Ireland’s rugby defeat

Thu, Feb 07, 2019

Well I have to start with rugby. I think Joe Schmidt when he was interviewed after the match was fully correct when he said, “it’s a reality check for all of us,” and by that he meant the team and himself as head coach. How true that was. Somehow we, the public, and I expect the team also, felt that we were poised to defeat England. We didn’t at all take into account that England under Jones were bound for revenge, and they got it.

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Matters Longford to the fore as centenary celebrations acknowledge the right of women to vote

Thu, Dec 13, 2018

Well, Longford has really emerged with a bang in this pre-Christmas season. We had two notable events in Longford over last weekend.

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Testing times for US and Brexit, but we have some excellent rugby to enjoy

Thu, Nov 08, 2018

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.

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