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A law and philosophy graduate from Doocastle has been elected to the most prominent role in student politics in Ireland.
Castlebar farmer John Comer was comfortably re-elected as president of the Irish Creamery Milk Supplier Association on Wednesday.
It was all about by-elections last weekend - two Dáil by-elections being watched closely with a view to gauging the mood music of the electorate; a Seanad by-election generating an inordinate amount of interest as the Government inflicted an unnecessary wound on itself; and two parliamentary by-elections in England which may yet prove to be of some interest this side of the Irish Sea.
On the morning of April 27 1746 the Duke of Cumberland calmly moved his army of 8,000 men into position before a colourful Scottish array of 7,000 highlanders, including about 150 Irishmen then serving in the Irish Brigade in France. The place was Culloden, south east of Inverness.
By-election and Athlone area Local Election candidate Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran has said that he wants to be elected as the next TD for Longford-Westmeath “in order to represent the vast number of people whose problems and points of view are being ignored by the current Government and by the established political parties”.
Fine Gael continue to surprise in its ongoing candidate selection process after sitting councillor Colm Arthur was defeated in his effort to return to his party’s ticket for next year’s local elections.
The victory of Boston mayor elect Marty Walsh, the son of Connemara emigrants, has been hailed a “great day for Galway” by local representatives who predict a strengthening of ties between the two cities and a much anticipated visit to the west by April next year.
John Mulholland is set to return to the Galway City Council as a councillor for the Galway City West Ward, four years after he dramatically lost his seat in the 2009 Local Elections.
The Irish-American vote used to be a sure thing. If you were Irish-American, you voted Democrat. It was as simple as that. When I was growing up in 1950s Chicago, Republicans were like another species. An analogy from Baseball. As a Chicagoan, you supported either the White Sox or the Cubs. It was a tribal thing. My family were White Sox fans. So I was a White Sox fan. Cubs fans, on the other hand, were weird. Why would anyone support the Cubs? In much the same way, Republicans were weird too. Why would anyone support the Republicans? If you were Irish-American, even to pose the question bordered on the ridiculous.
BERNADETTE: NOTES on a political journey, Lelia Doolan’s documentary on Northern Irish politician and campaigner Bernadette Devlin McAliskey will be shown at the Junior Galway Film Fleadh.