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Poll positions

Fine Gael senator Catherine Noone writes about a phone poll of local councillors attitudes: “Two-thirds of Councillors from the two Government parties would support changes to the Croke Park Agreement, according to this survey carried out by my office. A total of 529 City and County Councillors responded to the phone poll, with 56% of […]


Donegal has been more badly served by it’s planning policies than anywhere else in Europe, a consultant in vernacular architecture told a Heritage Week meeting in Glencolmcille. Dr Greg Stevenson is the Honorary Research Fellow in Vernacular Architecture at the University of Wales. “It’s a great shame. The planning policies are there to serve the […]

Home Thoughts While Abroad

I spent most of the week in London. From what I saw in newspapers and on television while there, Gordon Brown seemed preoccupied by the ongoing row over MPs expenses. He lost another minister on Wednesday, though Kitty Ussher was keen to say in her resignation letter that she had done nothing wrong, and was […]

Summary: Newly elected Kildare Co Councillors #le09

Fine Gael B Weld M Nolan T O’Donnell A Lawlor D Scully S Griffin R Daly M Heydon S Langan Fianna Fáil S Doyle F O’Loughlin w Callaghan P Kelly M Miley L Doyle Labour F Browne P MacNamara K Byrne J McGinley C Purcell M Wall Independents P Kennedy S Moore C Murphy P […]

A Picture Is Worth…?

Local election candidate Emma Kiernan broke out of the local media to gain (perhaps fleeting) national fame this week, thanks to the interweb. Kiernan, a Fine Gael candidate running for a spot on Newbridge town council, is young, attractive, and like many of her friends, she has a facebook profile. Like everyone else on Facebook, […]

Cleaned Out

A circuit court judge slashed a littering fine against a widow who left tin cans in a bag at a recycling bank because it was already full to the brim. ‘I thought I was doing the right thing by recycling at this site,’ the woman told the Circuit Court in Portlaoise today. She said she […]

De Mare

Dublin is to get a new directly-elected mayor within a year. The first directly elected city leader will be chosen by the capital’s citizens next summer. ‘2010 will see the direct election, by the people of the Dublin region, of a highly-visible and accountable Mayor who will have the authority and powers to deliver real […]

Where Everybody Knows Your Name

My father showed me the brochure when I got home for the weekend. It looked well, very professionally produced, four A4 pages with full colour on glossy paper, good photographs, well lit, clearly taken by someone who knew their craft. The accompanying copy was well designed, not too wordy, but hit all the important bullet […]

Spreading The Word

If you’re a local election candidate, or running in the European elections in June, you’ve probably been contacted once or twice by now with offers to add some Obama Magic to your campaign. Maybe you got an email from miCandidate, or a text message from Marty Dunleavy. If you did, delete it. True, Barack Obama […]

Home Sweet Home

Do you know your neighbours? According to a survey organised by the Labour Party, more than half of those living in the counties surrounding Dublin aren’t involved with their community. Home is simply somewhere to go in the evenings to sleep for many people in Kildare, Meath, Louth and Wicklow. And despite what you might […]