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David McWilliams, Fintan O'Toole, Shane Ross, and Nick Webb - the Four Angry Men - are coming to Galway next month to debate the state of the nation.
In an exciting new development for the west plans have been unveiled to establish a Mary Robinson centre in her home town of Ballina. The centre is to be established at Mary Robinson’s birthplace in Victoria House, on the banks of the River Moy, and will include both a visitor centre and an academic research centre, supported by NUI Galway and focused on scholarly research and education in the fields of human rights and women’s leadership.
Senator Feargal Quinn is back in town today to revisit Burgess of Athlone, almost two years after the department store took part in the TV programme Feargal Quinn’s Retail Therapy.
Allegations of attempted murder, family rows, child abuse, age of consent, dodgy dealing with envelopes, confrontations with sons of murdered gardai, internal party bickering, quango queens, televised meltdowns, sibling savagery, bloody hands, political assassinations — it has been one hell of a presidential election campaign which comes to an end this evening when the last votes are cast and the doors on the polling station close at 10pm. Every element of the campaign so far would not be out of place on The Jerry Springer Show. Shows such as Springer’s specialise in gathering people bound by some connection in one place and then watching them disintegrate in front of a televised audience. It is the principle behind Big Brother, The Apprentice, My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding.
With the presidential election only weeks away and the campaign in full swing all sides are getting their arguments across through all possible mediums. One group, Campaign For Conscience, who were strong opponents of the recently passed Civil Partnership Bill, launched their own anti-David Norris website at th end of last year. The website can be found at the misleading web address of www.davidnorris4president.com
It would appear at this stage just three weeks before the Presidential election, that this race is anyones. (Well bar Dana's!).
Independent presidential candidate David Norris was on the campaign trail in Kilkenny city on Monday this week, where he met an overwhelmingly positive reception from locals.
A council meeting that was set to have been a vital convention regarding the presidential nominations, was cancelled at the eleventh hour late on Tuesday night by Kilkenny County Council.
Whether there was a witch hunt out for him from the start or not, what he did was wrong and inexcusable.
Fine Gael county councillor Cyril Burke from Ballyglass, Castlebar, has been elected unopposed as the new Cathaoirleach of the Border, Midland and Western Regional Assembly at its annual general meeting.