Hard times for hard copies as Pádraig stamps his foot

The last of his species? Cllr Padraig Conneely: a proponent of snail mail.
The last of his species? Cllr Padraig Conneely: a proponent of snail mail.

Bradley Bytes – A sort of political column by Dara Bradley

Efforts by Galway City Council to save money on postage have been frustrated. Officials at City Hall are trying to introduce new protocols that would eliminate the need to post notifications of meetings to City Councillors.

Currently, notifications of meetings, and agendas, are posted to City Councillors’ homes.

Officials are proposing that instead of using the postal service, the notifications would instead be issued by email and extranet, “or be collected (at City Hall) by each member of Council”.

All bar one of the 18 elected members are okay with the proposed change.

Fine Gael City Councillor Pádraig Conneely is a traditionalist when it comes to technology – he certainly doesn’t have email or extranet. And he has no intention of getting them either.

“Have things gotten so bad now that the Council doesn’t have 68 cents to post me a letter to notify me about meetings? Have we come to this,” he asked.

The former mayor said it is not practical that he should have to call in to collect the documents from Council HQ on College Road either – and so he’s insisting on the status quo of posted material.

“Nowhere does it say in any local government act, or any other legislation, that I have to receive notifications by email or extranet or any other place. The Council has an obligation to inform me when meetings are on, and to deliver the agenda to me. If they don’t do that, they will be depriving me of representing the people who elected me,” he snorted.

And how did Pádraig relay this information to us? By fax, of course!

The former mayor has started a one-man campaign to save letter-writing at City Hall; and is doing his damnedest to keep alive the tradition of the facsimile, too.

If he succeeds, who knows, An Post may even issue a Pádraig Conneely commemorative stamp to celebrate.

Donald where’s your trousers?

In Ireland, we complain when politicians don’t keep their promises.

In this the week misogynist, racist, homophobic, bully-boy who mocks disability, Donald Trump was elected the 45th president of the US, tens of millions of people in America are praying that their newest politician won’t keep his.

For more, read this week’s Galway City Tribune.