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Sex and Death at Merlin Park Hospital is the arresting title of Kevin Higgins’ new collection of poetry, which is published by Salmon and will be launched on Saturday, June 14, at the House Hotel.
THE TALLIES have answered many questions and left plenty of others unresolved. While the count for Galway city progresses slowly, the political analysts and anoraks fill in the long gaps with number crunching.
It was long pegged as the electoral ward with the most to offer. For political anoraks and analysts this was the one with the ‘get in the front row and get the popcorn out’ factor - this was the one that asked big questions.
The morning is over and it is well into afternoon now. Already we are looking at changes in the city’s political landscape - and also at how some things remain the same.
The majority of voters in Mayo will go to the ballot box today, voting on the islands took place yesterday for possibly the last time, with moves afoot to have islanders vote on the same day as the rest of the country in the future.
The Castlebar Local Electoral Area is the most crowded of all the areas for today's election with 17 candidates looking for the seven seats up for grabs.
Claremorris has seen a boundary change like the rest of the local areas for today's election with the north eastern part of of the constituency moving into the Swinford area, and long with it, Sinn Fein councillor Gerry Murray, who took 1,971 first preferences and was elected on the first count five years ago, as were Cllr Patsy O'Brien and Cllr Richard Finn.
Fifty candidates are competing for 18 seats across the city's three electoral wards, but in reality, only half that number can truly be considered contenders. While the city is not expected to make sweeping changes to the make-up of its local government representation, some new faces are likely to feature when the new council meets in June.
Former tánaiste Michael McDowell recently described the European elections as a mad dash where household names strive to become household names. There is more than an element of truth to this; high profile politicians such as Gerry Collins, Jim Higgins, and Brian Hayes went largely off the radar after relocating to Brussels.