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The late PJ McGrath was laid to rest yesterday in St. Colman’s Cemetery in Claremorris.
Westmeath County Council Cathaoirleach, Cllr Ken Glynn, launched the Green Kilometre Scheme in recent times.
Local Fianna Fáil Councillor, Frankie Keena, who is a member of the Governing Body of Athlone Institute of Technology (AIT) has welcomed the joint signing of a memorandum of understanding between AIT and Dublin City University (DCU) confirming plans for a new four year undergraduate degree in teaching at the progressive third level institution.
The next General Election is an eternity away, or is it? As things stand today, Insider believes it is at least a couple of years away, maybe more.
Ireland West Airport will share in a €6 million addition to the Regional Airport Programme for 2021, which will bring the amount of funding to €21 million under the scheme.
One recent evening Insider watched the 1967 Jean-Luc Godard film La Chinoise in which a small group of French students sit around their apartment, located in what is described as a “workers’ district”, and engage in theatrical discussions about how they must overthrow the bourgeoise and, in particular, the hierarchal French university system which saw students as passive receivers of knowledge handed down by their god-like professors, rather than participants in a dialectical exchange in which both students and teachers learn from each other and grow as a result. No one, with the exception of chairman Mao, is radical enough for most of these students. The French Communist Party which, to draw an Irish parallel, would have been more or less the political equivalent of present day Sinn Féin, is condemned as hopelessly “revisionist”. The Soviet Union, in particular its then president, the now largely forgotten Mr Kosygin, is convicted by the students at their kitchen table discussions of failing to do enough to support the Vietnamese in their war against Lyndon Johnson. And the French working class, with whom said kitchen table debaters absolutely sympathise, are seen as hopelessly passive. In a mix of desperation, madness, and idealism, the students decide to mount a campaign of terrorism, which will involve them doing something they have singularly failed to do for most of the film; getting up from that kitchen table and going outside. They plan to kill the visiting Soviet minister for culture who has been invited by President de Gaulle’s own culture minister, the novelist and decayed Stalinist intellectual Andre Malraux, to open a new wing of the university. After that, they hope to bomb the Sorbonne in the belief that this will spark a revolution. Insider is against blowing up universities. Partly because he knows such actions more often provoke backlash than revolution. But also because Insider happens to teach at a university and coming out in favour of blowing up universities might lead to an awkward email from one’s department head.
Families in the Galway city area who are being intimidated and threatened by drug thugs seeking payment for drug debts incurred by sons and daughters, have been urged to contact the Gardai.
As we prepare to gain an extra hour’s sleep this weekend, with the clocks going back at 2am on Sunday, October 25, the days are getting shorter as darkness falls earlier.
Tributes have been afforded to Sr Bernard Lynch who died following a single vehicle traffic accident which occurred on John Broderick Street in the centre of Athlone on Monday afternoon.
A campaign to inform people about the cost and availability of flu vaccine needs to get the message out to everyone in the coming weeks, Fianna Fail Cllr Donogh Killilea told the Regional Health Forum this week.