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Free speech - not something our councillors seem to believe in

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An Taoiseach Enda Kenny used the words dysfunction, disconnection, elitism, and narcissism in describing the culture dominating the Vatican with regard to the cover-ups of clerical sex abuse in Ireland, and rightly so.

Senator Norris to address NUIG ‘Town Hall Meeting

Presidential candidate Senator David Norris is to attend the ‘Town Hall Meeting’ in the Siobhán McKenna Theatre at NUI Galway on Friday July 22 at the invitation of the School of Psychology at 6pm.

No winners in Norrisgate saga

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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.

Naughton retreats on Norris vote

In less than a month in the mayoral office, first time Mayor Hildegarde Naughton has completed a second U-turn on a controversial decision.

I’m not homophobic, says Crowe

Fianna Fail councillor Michael Crowe is opposed to Sen David Norris addressing the Galway City Council meeting in order to secure its backing for the presidency. He made this clear on Monday It is not the first time that Cllr Crowe has had allegations made against him — during his mayorship over the past twelve months, he was accused of snubbing the Bród gay and lesbian parade in the city, and it was alleged this week that he did not reply to a letter from David Norris to address the city council. However, he insists that he does not have any problem with Senator Norris’s sexuality, just his opinions. Here he outlines his reasons:

We’re not buying the ‘misunderstanding’ yarn

Isn’t it about time we sent the Galway city councillors on a junket — no, not to far flung places from whence rich pickings of expenses can be plundered, but out the door of City Hall and around the Square to Prospect Hill where if they attend a meeting of their cousins in the County Council, they may be able to learn a thing or two about manners, arrogance and about how not to lose the run of themselves.

Poll-topper Norris appeals for Kilkenny nomination for president

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Independent senator David Norris who recently declared his interest in running for a nomination for the upcoming presidential election, visited Kilkenny this week to campaign members of Kilkenny County Council for their support.

Feargal Quinn’s retail therapy at Standún to air this weekend

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Standún of Spiddal, which is to celebrate its 65th anniversary this month, is to feature in this weekend’s episode of RTÉ’s Feargal Quinn’s Retail Therapy.

Castlebar senator appointed Cathaoirleach of new Seanad

Castlebar Fine Gael Senator Paddy Burke took over the office of Cathaoirleach of the 24th Seanad this week. The Mayo Senator will lead the 60-strong house for the duration of the current government’s term. He takes over the chair from Donie Cassidy who was the Cathaoirleach of the last Seanad, during which time Sen Burke held the position of Leas Cathaoirleach. He will be the 14th leader of the Seanad since it was first established in 1922 and possibly the last if the Government goes ahead with plans to abolish the upper house.

Curtain falls on old era as Cassidy bows out of politics

After witnessing the elevation of his protégé, Robert Troy to the Dail last month, the 29-year political career of Castlepollard businessman Donie Cassidy ended this week in bittersweet fashion after he failed in his efforts to be returned to the 24th Senate.


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