Date Published: 17-Apr-2011
GALWAY-BASED playwright Margaretta D’Arcy refused to stand for a minute’s silence for murdered Northern Ireland police officer Ronan Kerr, at a meeting of the State-sponsored artist’s body, Aosdana.
That’s according to a report in the "Sunday Independent" which states that all present at the meeting stood in a joint tribute to the PSNI man, except the Galway playwright.
The report states that, when contected in Galway, the playwright confirmed that her action was a deliberate one, and she described the decision of the meeting to have the minute’s silence as "opportunist".
She said she did not know anything about Ronan Kerr and while it was sad that a young man got blown up, politics is not part of Aosdanda’s work.
The report also states that Margaretta D’Arcy has been well known as a political activist who has held strong republican views.
It added that she was jailed twice in Northern Ireland during the Troubles, during which she joined the republican women’s no-wash protest in Armagh.
Margaretta D’Arcy is one of 249 members of Aosdana set up by the Arts Council in 1981 under Charlie Haughey’s government and all members are eligible to receive over 17,000 Euro in a payment known as a Cnuas each year.
According to the report, the Aosdana website shows that, like most of its members, Ms D’Arcy was in receipt of the annual payment of 17,180 Euro in 2010.
Retail industry trade body welcomes B&Q announcement
Date Published: 07-May-2013
Retail Excellence Ireland, the country’s largest retail industry trade body, has welcomed the news that 60 jobs have been saved at the city branch of B&Q.
It’s after the home improvements store successfully exited examinership.
Under the scheme, 2.4 million euro is to be invested by parent company Kingfisher plc, and B and Q will continue to trade at eight stores
This means 640 jobs have been saved nationwide, including 60 at the outlet in Knocknacarra.
However, David Fitzsimons of Retail Excellence Ireland says landlords need to be willing to help out smaller retailers too.
Foundation reports nine Galway heart deaths each week
Date Published: 09-May-2013
Nine people die in Galway every week from heart disease and stroke.
That’s according to the Irish Heart Foundation, which is launching its Happy Hearts Appeal today. (9/5)
An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, launched the appeal today to help raise funds for the charity, which has seen increasing demand on its patient services.
The Foundation says it needs to raise at least half a million euro to maintain existing information services.
Call to tackle delays at Oranmore rail crossing
Date Published: 13-May-2013
Concerns have been raised over traffic delays at the railway crossing in Oranmore.
Councillor Jim Cuddy says he has received many representations from local motorists who have been experiencing extended delays.
He says the closed barrier can sometimes cause a traffic tailback as far as the roundabout near the Maldron hotel.
Cllr Cuddy has brought the matter to the attention of Iarnrod Eireann and has asked for an explanation as to why the crossing is closed for so long.