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Galway poet Kevin Higgins is no stranger to satirising Blairites, and others on the right wing of the British Labour Party, but he recently found himself in the unusual position of upsetting members of Jeremy Corbyn's Shadow Cabinet.
On a recent tour of the Longford/Westmeath constituency, Sinn Fein leader, Mary Lou McDonald allowed for a number of hours in Athlone where she met with a number of local community groups and organisations.
Sinn Féin’s new leader Mary Lou McDonald made a whistle-stop visit to Galway last Thursday and, despite that day’s chaotic traffic and torrential rain, she found time to sit with me and talk about issues like Brexit, Stormont, and entering government in the Republic.
The Lakeside Marina provided a picturesque backdrop for an election fundraiser for Councillor Sorca Clarke on Saturday last.
There have been a large number of national polls conducted since the February 2016 General Election, and some clear patterns have emerged, which Insider believes will carry through to the next General Election, expected some time in 2019.
Niall McNelis, the Galway city councillor and local businessman, has been appointed Labour Party spokesperson on tourism by party leader Brendan Howlin.
Calls have been made for the Galway poet Kevin Higgins to be reinstated as a member of the British Labour Party. He was suspended 18 months ago after writing a satire about critics of party leader Jeremy Corbyn.
As the political temperature soars to levels usually only seen when we approach the end of a five year Dáil cycle, Insider has decided to offer the benefit of his wisdom to the main political parties on how they should approach the forthcoming election, which, based on recent events, cannot be delayed much longer.
As Insider spends endless hours each week sitting in the traffic, he finds it hard to believe the people of Galway, particularly those voting in the city, are so indulgent of populist candidates and those of the 'loony left’.
On June 7 1917 Major Willie Redmond, MP for East Clare, was killed in action leading the Royal Irish Brigade to victory at the Battle of Messines Ridge at Ypres. A member of the Irish Parliamentary Party (his brother John was party leader), he had represented East Clare at Westminster for 25 years. At 53 years of age Redmond was too old to be a soldier. But he was convinced that an Ireland loyal to the Crown would succeed in achieving Home Rule, and so he joined the Irish troops at Flanders.