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There is a notion that there is some connection between being interested in the arts, and looking down one’s nose at the sort of people who think Camus is a place in Connemara, rather than a French existentialist novelist.
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.
When it comes to Galway City West, there are only three names political pundits and political anoraks - is there any difference, really, between the two? - want to talk about: Cllr Peter Keane, John Connolly, and Pauline O'Reilly.
A total of 260 medical aircraft movements by the Irish Air Corps and Irish Coast Guard was recorded at University Hospital Galway's (UHG) helipad last year. The number represents 49 per cent of all medical helicopter missions in the State for 2018, which include emergency calls, transfers, and search and rescue.
Only 54 houses were delivered by the Galway City Council and approved housing bodies (AHB) under the Rebuilding Ireland scheme for 2018.
If Galway is to solve the scourge of traffic congestion “official thinking" in City Hall must change, and that change has to include a proper "examination and evaluation of a light rail system for the city".
Galway city councillors have voted down a motion which would have seen a voluntary ban imposed on the use of election posters by candidates ahead of local elections in May.
John McDonagh will join Mayor Niall McNelis on the Labour Party's Local Election ticket for Galway city, with Mr McDonagh running in the highly competitive Galway City Central ward.
The Stunning, one of the finest bands to ever emerge from Galway, and whose songs, 'Brewing Up A Storm' and 'Half Past Two' are regarded as Irish rock classics, will be honoured at the upcoming Mayoral Ball.
It is an intriguing question: what should be our priorities as a city over the next five years? Intriguing, because there are so many possibilities to choose from, so many things we can, and should, do, have we but the time and resources to implement them.