Politics in 2020 - what can we expect?

Thu, Jan 16, 2020

With the phoney war finally over, and the General Election upon us, the election and its aftermath is now the only thing occupying the minds of politicians and political anoraks. However it is by no means the only thing that should interest us.

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Independents can wield considerable influence in the Dáil, says Mayor as he announces Galway West run

Thu, Jan 16, 2020

Independent politicians can wield considerable influence in Dáil Éireann, as evidenced by the various scandals uncovered in recent years around cervical cancer, Garda malpractice, and NAMA - all revealed by Independent TDs.

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Tension in Roscommon-Galway as Murphy 'surprised' by Leyden's addition to FF ticket

Thu, Jan 16, 2020

Sitting Roscommon-Galway TD Eugene Murphy has expressed his "surprise" that NUI Galway graduate and Roscommon county councillor Orla Leyden has been added to the Fianna Fail ticket for Roscommon-Galway at the February 8 General Election.

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Joe Loughnane to seek Dáil seat in Galway West

Thu, Jan 16, 2020

Joe Loughnane, the city's most prominent and outspoken anti-racist campaigner, has been chosen by People Before Profit as its Election 2020 candidate for Galway West.

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Conor Burke to run for Solidarity in Galway West

Thu, Jan 16, 2020

Conor Burke, one of the city's most prominent socialist activists, who was heavily involved in campaigns on housing and homelessness, and against water charges, has been chosen as Solidarity's Galway West candidate.

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O'Reilly sets out priorities for Election 2020 campaign

Thu, Jan 09, 2020

Climate action, environmental protection, providing world class sustainable public transport, and supporting increased cycling infrastructure in the city will be the chief campaign points for the Green Party's Pauline O'Reilly, at Election 2020.

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2019 - a mixed year for Ireland's political parties

Thu, Dec 12, 2019

Most politicians will have breathed a sigh of relief last week when the unappetising prospect of a Christmas general election was narrowly averted. Yet, all know it is only delaying the inevitable, and all sides agree the contest will take place within the next four or five months, quite possibly as soon as February.

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FG v FF - who will dominate Galway West after Election 2020?

Thu, Nov 28, 2019

There are 15 days to the UK general election, and as much of a feast as it is for political anoraks like Insider, and as much as he will enjoy binge-watching the coverage on BBC and Channel 4, it is at the front of his mind that the Irish General Election is itself, only months away.

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In spite of all, there are reasons to be hopeful

Thu, Nov 21, 2019

In Joyce's Ulysses, the anti-Semitic headmaster Mr Deasy, claims "Ireland has the honour of being the only country which never persecuted the Jews," an accomplishment he attributes, by a feat of mental gymnastics, to NIMBYism: "Because she never let them in."

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Joe Loughnane to run in Galway West in 2020

Thu, Nov 21, 2019

Joe Loughnane, a leading anti-racism campaigner in Galway city, has been selected as People Before Profit's Galway West candidate for the 2020 General Election.

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Is capitalism compatible with saving the planet?

Thu, Nov 14, 2019

Insider thinks the answer to this question has to be: probably not. Capitalism is a voracious system forever in search of somewhere to put its money so that it can turn that money into more money.

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Will building more student accommodation provide more city centre family housing?

Thu, Oct 31, 2019

For many decades, Galway city has been recognised as a place that is welcoming of its visiting tourists and to all those who come to secure work or to study. Over the past three decades, the NUIG student population has doubled from 9,000 in the early 1980s to more than 18,000 today.

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Greens announce election candidate for Galway-Roscommon

Thu, Oct 24, 2019

Julie O'Donoghue, a 35-year-old schoolteacher, and founder member of both Plastic Free Roscommon and Athlone Extinction Rebellion, has been chosen as the Green Party candidate for Galway-Roscommon.

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Public meeting on climate change

Thu, Oct 24, 2019

A public meeting on the pressing issue of climate change will take place this evening at 7.30pm in Aras na nGael, Dominick Street.

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Why social media is negatively affecting the quality of our politicians

Thu, Oct 24, 2019

We live in a fast-changing world. The pace of this change seems to be increasing all the time. Technology is the main driver of this, in particular, phone technology.

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What can Galway do to tackle the challenge of climate change?

Thu, Oct 17, 2019

Greta Thunberg, and indeed the children of the world, have thrown down the gauntlet and demanded climate action. Solving this literal meltdown is on such a global scale that it must surely be beyond the responsibility of Galwegians?

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Leave Britain to the Brexit fanatics, Ireland's future is with Europe

Thu, Oct 10, 2019

The scene of the Sunday morning breakfast table in Biarritz at the beginning of the recent G7 summit was a sobering one for Irish viewers. President Donald Tump and prime minister Boris Johnson, leaders of the two countries that would traditionally be considered our main allies, egging each other on in pursuit of a hard Brexit that would be detrimental to this country.

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Ireland should not fear Brexit, it should embrace it

Thu, Oct 03, 2019

Despite the constant Brexit talk on radio and television, and the miles of column inches in the press, one thing is never mentioned – it seems virtually impossible to leave the EU.

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Climate change and Brexit...what a time to be alive

Thu, Sep 26, 2019

What a time to be alive. The window for action on climate change is rapidly closing; democratic politics are under threat from a resurgent far-right in many of the world's most influential countries; and there are few obvious reasons for hope or optimism.

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Why urban environmentalists threaten Connemara's future

Thu, Sep 19, 2019

It seems Connemara is just one big special area of conservation thanks to our Dublin-based masters. And sure isn’t it right there is concern for the bog cotton, the pearl mussels, the common lizard, the snails, and a host of other creepy crawlies?

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