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.
Appeal for information following Portumna crash
Date Published: 08-May-2013
Gardai are appealing for witnesses following a single vehicle crash at the Portumna bridge this morning.
The road from Nenagh to Loughrea reopened shortly after 11 this morning following the completion of a technical exam.
Four men were travelling in a van when they hit the Portumna bridge around 6:30 this morning.
Gardaí, ambulance and two units of Portumna fire services rushed to the scene, and one of the men was taken to Portiuncula hospital in Ballinasloe.
He is being treated for head injuries, which have been described by Gardaí as serious.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Portumna Garda station on 09-097-42060
President Higgins among GMIT’s first ever honorary fellowships
Date Published: 10-May-2013
GMIT is to honour seven outstanding individuals including President Michael D Higgins with Honorary Fellowships at a special ceremony later this month.
It’s the first time in the 40 year history of the Institute the Governing Body of GMIT has decided to award honorary fellowships.
The GMIT Honorary Fellowships will be conferred at the g Hotel in the city this day two weeks Friday 24 May at 2.30pm in front of 200 invited guests.
Galway commuters hold their breath as LRC intervenes in bus strike
Date Published: 13-May-2013
Galway commuters are holding their breath as there has been a potential breakthrough in the Bus Eireann dispute, as both sides have agreed to talks at the Labour Relations Commission.
The LRC intervened this afternoon, on day two of strike action that has seen 95 per cent of bus services disrupted across the country.
The LRC’s Director of Conciliation Services, Kevin Foley, says the National Bus and Rail Union and the company have agreed to meet for mediated talks at 8 this evening.