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Budget 2012 – A summary of the main provisions

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Over recent weeks, there has been much speculation on the provisions to be announced in Budget 2012. The anticipation was heightened by the “State of the Nation” address by An Taoiseach Enda Kenny on Sunday night. In an unprecedented move, Minister Howlin and Minister Noonan shared the burden and spread their respective speeches over two days. Some of the main features introduced in the 2012 Budget are set out below:

The book collector

BOOK COLLECTORS tend to be strange animals who will resort to any device in order to acquire their prey.

Ability to think straight is now the greatest commodity

Information overload appears to be the biggest trend of the moment with revelations regarding the upcoming Budget and behind-the-scenes workings of government at home and in Europe hijacking our attention spans at every turn. Instead of having to complain about being kept in the dark anymore, most of us are finding it difficult to keep on top of all the news happening around us, not only because of the sheer volume of same, but mainly because most of the news is not only bad, it is personal.

Battle of the chefs on November 16

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This is an event which promises to be great fun and a great culinary experience while helping four worthy charities. The charities to benefit are Console, Down Syndrome Ireland, Cancer Care West and The Galway Lions Club. The event will take place in The Salthill Hotel on Wednesday November 16. Tickets cost €50 and are available from The Salthill Hotel on 091 548808, and also from the designated charities above.

Mauritian Creole Restaurant, Forster Street

I had passed the sign for this restaurant a couple of times and wondered what exactly is a Mauritian Creole restaurant and also wondered about the significance of the bird on the signage that looked a bit like a fat turkey. First of all the Mauritian part of the title indicates that the owners and chef are from Mauritius and the Creole part of the name comes from the fact that the French created a huge plantation business in Mauritius during the 1700s and the language that developed among the slaves was a version of the French that was called creole. The slaves were from Africa, Madagascar and India, so as you can imagine the food has many influences. Finally the picture of the fat bird is a dodo, which became extinct in Mauritius around the end of the 1600s.

Boost for tourism as Indian group visits Kilkenny

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Tour operators from India visited Kilkenny last week, as part of a fact-finding trip to Ireland.

Ahascragh senator welcomes cross-party support on gendercide motion

A Galway politician has welcomed cross-party support for his private members’ motion on gendercide which was debated in the Seanad yesterday (Wednesday).

Moylette gets World Championship under way today

Islandeady’s Ray Moylette will get his World Championships underway in Baku, Azerbaijan, today when he takes on Latvian Aturs Ahmetovs in the last 64 of the competition. Three wins for the St Anne’s club man who claimed the European Light Welterweight title during the summer will book his place in next year’s Olympics in London. Having won the European title Moylette has been ranked fourth by the AIBA in the World Championship, but his place in this week’s competition was only secured a few weeks ago when be defeated Irish champion Ross Hickey in a box off in the National Stadium.

Major silver find in Gairsoppa shipwreck off coast of Galway

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An American deep-ocean shipwreck exploration company is in for a major windfall after making the historic discovery of more than $200 million worth of silver which went down aboard a World War II British cargo steamer torpedoed by a German U-boat as it headed for the safety of Galway harbour to refuel.

Rugby star calls on Galway to support GOAL Jersey Day

Irish rugby star and GOAL patron Jamie Heaslip is encouraging schoolchildren and workers from all over Galway to take part in GOAL Jersey Day on Friday October 7. One of the country’s most popular annual fundraising events, GOAL Jersey Day invites members of the public to wear the jersey of their favourite team for the day and make a suggested donation of €2 to GOAL. Each year, thousands of Irish schools and companies take part right across Ireland.


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