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A amalgamation of a number of anti-austerity groups have planned a protest in Castlebar to coincide with the Fine Gael national convention taking place in the town next weekend.
The catastrophic collapse of Fianna Fáil’s support at the last general election saw the party lose half of its seats in Galway as it nose-dived to the worst electoral result in its illustrious history.
Water charges are not about water conservation, but about profit as the as yet unknown standing charge will have to be paid even if a household uses no water.
Mayo Deputy Dara Calleary has expressed his shock and disappointment at the HSE’s failure to recognise the severe ambulance shortage in Mayo. Deputy Calleary questioned HSE management at length at the Oireachtas Health Committee this week about the major gaps in resources for emergency services in Mayo. He outlined a number of cases where patients in need of emergency medical care were waiting far too long for an ambulance to reach them.
The recent Oireachtas health hearings on abortion, held in January 2013, shed a lot of light on the question of whether abortion is needed to protect women’s health in Ireland.
Airport plan “will have to stand up to the best international practices or there is no point in doing it”- Gilmore
The managing director of Ireland West International Airport, Joe Gilmore this week told the Mayo Advertiser that the joint study to develop strategic growth options for the airport will be up to the best international standards. Mr Gilmore spoke to this newspaper the day after the board of the airport held a lengthy meeting with An Taoiseach Enda Kenny, Minister for Transport, Leo Varadker, Minister of State for Tourism, Michael Ring, and the rest of the Government party’s Mayo Dáil delegation.
An Athlone councillor was forced to back down this week after his proposal of a vote of no confidence in Minister for Defence Alan Shatter was rejected by his fellow councillors.
Labour will not be allowed enjoy celebrating its centenary when the party holds its 65th convention in Galway this weekend, as the event is set to attract protests from far left groups, rural communities, peace groups, the unemployed, and health campaigners.
There are no winners in this whole sorry saga. Sen David Norris’ bid to address the Galway City Council looks set to be rejected for a third time; Mayor Hildegarde Naughton looks certain to compound her new found reputation as Galway politics’ ‘Calamity Jane’, and Michael J Crowe has come out of this none too well either.
Seanad Éireann - a retirement home for politicians on the way out, a nursery for aspiring TDs, a powerless talking shop with an inbuilt Government majority, an undemocratically elected chamber, and the most pointless entity in Irish politics - the Upper House of the Oireachtas is all of these.