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Ordinarily, at this time of year, there is a sense of renewal as politicians, with their batteries recharged, return to work and a new Dáil term begins.
Ireland is officially in recession. The CSO announced that GDP fell by just over six per cent in April, May, and June, the largest quarter on quarter fall ever recorded. This is also the second quarter in a row in which the Irish economy contracted which means we are now in a recession as a result of Covid-19.
Hands up all of you who remember the 1980s Save Galway Bay Group and what they were set up to do? If you thought it was the name for the latest pop sensation you are possibly a young Gossoon who would not be much interested in reading any further.
Referencing the public fallout pertaining to the hosting of the Oireachtas Golf Society gathering in Clifden last week, Longford-Westmeath Sinn Féin TD Sorca Clarke noted that the coalition Government “cannot provide clear guidance and leadership at a time when both attributes are much needed”.
The price of higher education is too high and needs to be lowered, that is the opinion of NUIG Students’ Union president Pádraic Toomey.
The best and the brightest, apparently, were at the golf get together. ‘Astute’, ‘shrewd’, ‘clever’ are words recipients of college degrees might use to describe the persons in attendance. ‘Wide’ and ‘slick’ are words you might hear in more working-class areas to describe the same people.
‘Telling the Real Story’, a research project carried out by Sinn Féin during the month of August, sought to capture the current challenges experienced by third-level students and their families.
Local Fine Gael Councillor, John Dolan, has expressed his utter anger and dismay at the hosting of the Oireachtas Golfing Society event in Clifden last week.
Empowering and inspiring European citizens to become citizens of the sea is one of the key goals of the European Commission’s forthcoming Mission for Healthy Oceans, Seas, Coastal and Inland Waters. The Marine Institute and the European Commission are inviting the people of Ireland to complete an online survey on their level of awareness about our oceans and seas, and share what they believe are the top priorities for the health of our ocean.
Public anger at the decision to proceed with a golf society dinner in breach of public health guidelines in Clifden is showing no sign of abating a week after the event.