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Is politics public service or self service?

Twelve Fianna Fail TDs, including three members of the cabinet, will not contest the next general election. It’s a sign of the level of cynicism that people now associate with the word ‘politics’, that most people wonder whether the retirements are so that politicians can take advantage of the current pension arrangement pensions. While some have left for reasons of health, the collective ship-jumping just three years after the formation of the most fraught Dail in our history prompts The Insider to wonder why people put themselves forward for office in the first place. Was it just to enjoy the trappings of power while the good times rolled, or was there a deeper commitment to lead and to give service?

FG to hold Galway East convention on Sunday

Covering all bases in Galway East in order to maximise the vote and retain its two seats will be the priority for Fine Gael when it holds its election selection convention for the constituency this weekend.

David Norris to speak at NUIG

David Norris, the senator, academic, Joycean, human rights activist, and entertainer, will address NUI Galway’s Political Discussion Society next week.

An evening with David Norris

Mayo County Library presents An evening with David Norris on Monday November 15 at 8pm.

Senator Feargal Quinn for business women’s conference

Senator Feargal Quinn is to be a guest speaker at the Network Ireland Conference and Galway Now Businesswomen of the Year Awards hosted by Network Galway in the Galway Bay Hotel on Friday October 8 next.

The Voice of Reason

Uachtarán Na hEireann; Mrs Mary McAleese is coming to the end of her second term as president and must retire from her position. So we are faced with a hugely expensive presidential election next year most likely to decide between a motley collection of over the hill self-important windbags from various parties. In the past we have generally been presented with a list of political candidates run primarily to gain political bragging rights.

Norris launches new Galway gay rights group

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Senator David Norris was the special guest at the Galway City Museum on Monday where he launched the new Galway lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) group Amach!

Local senator in emergency landing

Local senator and Castlepollard businessman, Donie Cassidy, had a lucky escape when a front wheel fell off the plane during landing on an internal flight in Turkey on Monday.

Flynn tops Mayo expenses claims charts

Fianna Fáil TD, Dep Beverly Flynn was the top expenses claimant of the seven national representatives from County Mayo over the months of March and April, it was revealed this week. From now on TDs and senators expenses will be published online on the Oireachtas website on a monthly basis. Tuesday was the first day that the expenses were published. Deputy Flynn was also the only one of the seven Mayo Oireachtas representatives to submit vouched expenses for which she received €10,091.68 for the two months or €5,045.84 each month.

Don’t ask their opinion and then ignore it

Let the people decide. But when the people had their say it obviously wasn’t the right say, and so their wishes were rejected.


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