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I used to work with a journalist who when he’d receive phone calls from irate mothers bemoaning why their son’s courtcase was splshed across the paper bringing shame to the family, he’d calmly tell her “sure now Ma’am, wouldn’t it be worse if he came in and told ya he had cancer.” It was a ploy that inevitably worked as it proved the first point of agreement between the caller and himself. Always comparing your woe to something far worse is often a way of putting perspective on things. If you crashed your car, you could say, sure’ it’d be worse if someone was hurt, ‘tis only bent metal. If you stole somethng, you could say, arragh the way people are going on, you’d swear I killed someone.
Submissions are now being invited by the Dáil Committee on Justice, Equality, Defence and Women’s Rights, on the issue of the rights of homeowners to protect themselves against trespassers.
Kilkenny Fine Gael senator John Paul Phelan has said that he was extremely taken aback at his party leader, Enda Kenny’s, shock statement that he would abolish the Seanad if Fine Gael got into government.
Planning permission to completely redevelop Galway docks into a larger, more modern, port and marina will be lodged in 2010, but the port will be forced to close down unless it expands and modernises to accommodate higher tonnage ships .
Mayo County Council will be searching for a new county manger following the announcement this week that Des Mahon will retire after almost 20 years in the role. The Roscommon native, who lives in Westport, has held the position of county manager since 1990 and seen numerous changes in his time in charge of the local authority.
Niall Ó Brolcháin’s political career has been dramatically resurrected following his appointment to Seanad Éireann, but it has come in for stinging criticism from Fianna Fáil councillor Ollie Crowe, who said it was “a betrayal of the electorate”.
In advance of an EU directive, expected to take effect on January 1, which would see turf cutting banned, Fine Gael Longford/ Westmeath Senator Nicky McFadden has said Minister Gormley must ensure that Ireland retains broad flexibility on how we maintain and use our bog lands.
The planning and economic development SPC of Mayo County Council will have to keep a close eye on the new planning bill that is passing through the Oireachtas at the moment. The bill caused a lot of concern for the members of Mayo County Council at their monthly meeting the previous week when it was raised and the members of the SPC expressed similar concerns.
Speaking about her involvement in RTÉ’s health and lifestyle programme, Operation Transformation, Fine Gael’s Senator Nicky McFadden said the show presents her with an opportunity, not only to turn her unhealthy lifestyle around, but also to highlight the dangers such a way of life, if left unchecked, may pose.
Longford/Westmeath TDs James Bannon and Mary O’Rourke have been named in the top 10 for Dail expenses, according to a report this week.