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The Government formed in the wake of the 2011 General Election was the first in 30 years to be without a TD from Galway West amongst its ministerial or junior ministerial ranks. Indeed, since the demotion of Ciarán Cannon in the 2014 reshuffle, neither Galway constituency – which between them had elected six government deputies in 2011 – has been represented at the top table of Irish politics.
An electorate fatigued by years of unrelenting economic bad news and grinding austerity; disenchanted with the Government’s failure to tackle the failings of the political system and engage in meaningful reform; the lack of a coherent alternative from an Opposition that has, at its heart, a party still tainted by its role in the economic crash and still toxic for many; a surge in support for ‘Others’ manifesting itself in both opinion polls and local election results.
In a famous speech in 1992 Britain’s Queen Elizabeth referred to having just endured ‘an annus horribilis’. Well at Christmas 2014 any member of the Irish Government could make the very same statement.
No Galway representation at the Cabinet table “will have negative consequences” for the city and county and “smacks of very poor regional planning by An Taoiseach”.
Insider is, this week, looking at the contest for the Labour leadership, from a Labour perspective, in the aftermath of what was a disastrous election for the party in which it lost three seats on the Galway City Council.
The locations of the 19 docking stations for the Regional Cities Bike Share Scheme have been described as “utter madness”, as they are too close together in the city centre and should be spread out across the city to encourage more cycling.
Seeing the occasional poster of a local election candidate advertising public meetings on various issues of concern, Insider noted that, within a month’s time, towns, villages, and the countryside will be radically altered as the election poster blitz takes hold.
The Galway Technical Institute is celebrating 75 years serving the educational needs of both local learners and, in more recent times, learners from far flung corners of the land.
Fine Gael Mayo TD for Mayo, Michelle Mulherin, has called for the introduction of an apprenticeship scheme to train people for the tourism industry in order to satisfy the demand for staff.