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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'The best chance of returning two candidates is to run just two'

Thu, Sep 12, 2019

For the first time since 1961, Fianna Fáil looks set to run only two candidates in Galway West at the next General Election, expected to take place in spring of 2020.

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Brexit, elections, and economic downturns - welcome to autumn/winter 2019

Thu, Sep 05, 2019

September heralds the resumption of political activity with party think-ins and shadow boxing between the various parties preceding the return of the Dáil in the middle of the month.

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British Labour Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott to speak in Galway

Thu, Jul 11, 2019

Diane Abbott, the British Labour MP and the Shadow Home Secretary, will be in Galway this weekend to give the keynote address at the 25th Annual Tom Johnson Summer School in NUI Galway, organised by Labour Youth.

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What the local elections can tell us about the next general election

Thu, Jul 04, 2019

As the Dáil prepares to head off on its summer recess, with local and European elections behind us and with a general election looming ever nearer, Insider felt it a good time to take stock and consider the state of the various parties.

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Embrace the creative arts - it can be a life transforming experience

Thu, Jun 20, 2019

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.

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What the tallies tell us - Galway City East

Sat, May 25, 2019

The morning is over and it is well into afternoon now. Already we are looking at changes in the city’s political landscape - and also at how some things remain the same.

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Galway City Central - the Green’s spring a surprise in Martina O’Connor

Sat, May 25, 2019

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.

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