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The United Left Alliance Galway’s Alternative to Austerity event, which takes place this Sunday, is set to be, a “public meeting to explore alternatives to the Government’s slash-and-burn agenda”.
Tomás Breathnach was elected chairman of the Association of Irish Regions at its recent annual general meeting. The association comprises the eight regional authorities in the country and the two regional assemblies. Each of these bodies is represented by its chairperson and its director.
The new document published yesterday on public sector reform may appear to be irrelevant to those of us who do not work in the public sector but on closer inspection, it becomes clear that everyone is going to be affected by these cuts.
Removing court sittings from Athenry and the overall downgrading of court services in East Galway is “disturbing” and “makes absolutely no sense”.
The nomination process for the upcoming presidential election has got as much coverage in the papers and the airwaves as most of the candidates over the past few months. One of the first to set his stall out and get into the race is the Fine Gael nominee Gay Mitchell. The former minister of state and current MEP for Dublin threw his hat in the ring early in the summer and has been on the campaign trail since. It has been a different kind of campaign for the Dubliner who has been more used to the metropolitan hustings than the more rural agricultural type of campaigning that the national contest had in store for him.
Eamon Gilmore voiced the fears of many last Friday when he told the Tom Johnson Summer School in Kilkenny that more public expenditure cuts were on the way.
Labour’s Galway West TD Derek Nolan has been appointed to two of the most powerful committees in Dáil Éireann.
Claiming Our Future will host the latest of its naked truth discussions on Monday evening at 6pm in the cafe of Galway City Museum. This series of talks offer a frank look at current economic situation and are attended by well respected guest speakers. This week Richard Douthwaite from Feasta will be there to launch his new book while Sinead Pentony of TASC will also be attendance.
Castlebar Town Council and Mayo County Council are to purchase the historic Imperial Hotel in Castlebar.
So now everyone in the country should have been counted and accounted for, the real work starts in making heads and tail of the results to ensure our politicians and policy makers can make informed decisions.