Who bought the popcorn . . . An Taoiseach and Fine Gael leader Leo Varadkar, shoots the breeze with Galway City Councillor, Pádraig Conneely, before the pair watched a movie together at the Galway Film Fleadh last Thursday. Leo’s mate was involved in Pilgrimage, the Irish premiere of which was playing at the Town Hall Theatre. Movie-buff Pádraig was at a loose-end, and accompanied his boss to the event.

Catholic councillors cave-in to political correctness

Bradley Bytes – A sort of political column by Dara Bradley Bless me father for I have sinned. The Catholic priests of Galway City’s parishes will be working overtime this week – hearing confessions of...
We're putting the band back together: Labour's brothers-in-arms, Derek, Billy, Michael D, and Niall.

Is Mike about to be sprung from Fianna Fáil Cubbard?

Bradley Bytes – A sort of political column by Dara Bradley With local elections due in 2019, political parties are readying their candidates. Back in 2014, it seemed that some big personalities on the current...
Hovering: Deputy Hildegarde Naughton with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar at SeaFest last weekend.

Peter’s Mayo gamble falls over constituency review

Bradley Bytes – A sort of political column by Dara Bradley The runners and riders in the Galway West constituency have been keeping a close eye on the Fianna Fáil stable’s newest jockey, Peter Keane. He...
Happier times...Marie Whelan receives her seal of office from President Michael D Higgins.

Kyne takes hump over Leo’s Gaeltacht snub

Bradley Bytes – A sort of political column by Dara Bradley There was very little celebrating in the Seán Kyne camp, following the reshuffle by new Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. “Sore” was how one supporter summed up...
Fine Gael Party leader Enda Kenny drumming up support while on a General Election walkabout in Eyre Square in April 2007

Kenny’s fondness for Galway – and the city’s golden girls

Bradley Bytes – A sort of political column by Dara Bradley Like many ‘Mayos’, perhaps bored with the back of beyond, Enda Kenny was drawn to Galway. And, as the first West of Ireland Taoiseach,...
Enda Kenny, pictured here in Galway some years ago, stepped down as Taoiseach this week, and immediately changed his job description on Twitter. Perhaps his Fine Gael colleague in Galway Frank Fahy should do the same. Photo: Joe Shaughnessy.

Councillors knock Noel in a rules protest walk-out

Bradley Bytes – A sort of political column by Dara Bradley Noel Larkin’s year in the mayoral hot seat is fast descending into farce. For many – and possibly even for the man himself –...

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