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Picking on the empty husk of Operation Enduring Freedom

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Chaos in Kabul...the scenes this week as tens of thousands tried to flee the country.

World of Politics with Harry McGee

It’s almost 20 years ago since I was in Afghanistan. I went in late October 2001 and stayed there for a month, in the north-west of the country, which remained the only corner not controlled by the Taliban until then.  Even a day on the ground there would tell you that the vast project launched by the American and their Western allies back then – Operation Enduring Freedom – was self-contradictory and would never achieve its goals.

The background, of course, was September 11 2001. On that day four passenger jets were hijacked by Saudi fanatics and used as devastating weapons to wreak the most possible damage.

One crashed to earth in Pennsylvania, another was flown into the Pentagon. Both caused hundreds of deaths. But it was the other two, which crashed into the North and South Towers of the World Trade Center killing thousands of people, that rocked the entire globe on its axis.

To see those two giant gleaming twin towers – symbols of New York and of the USA – being toppled like that was an unforgettable moment of horror; like a malevolent giant-slaying exercise.

Such an act of war and provocation demanded a response. But it was difficult. This was an asymmetric attack. It did not come from a particular State or Government or country. While the attackers were all from Saudi Arabia, they had not been sponsored by its rulers, vile and all as they were.

These were non-state actors, aligned to a terrorist group that few had heard of before that, Al-Qaida, but was on everybody’s lips after that.

A Saudi dissident named Osama Bin Laden was the figurehead of the group. Like a lot of other Islamic extremists, he had gained his spurs in Afghanistan, in the long and blood-curdling guerrilla campaign against the Soviets, who invaded the country in 1980 before withdrawing in 1989.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Boil water notice issued for Barna area

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A boil water notice has been issued for the Barna area for health protection purposes

The areas affected are Barna Village, Truskey West and Truskey East, Barr Aille, Fermoyle, Ballard and along the Connemara Coast Road as far as Furbo, and on the Barna/Galway Road as far as Silverstrand.

The notice has been put in place due to issues with disinfection of the water at Tonabruckey Reservoir.

The notice affects approximately 2,300 people supplied by the Barna section of the Galway City West Public Water Supply area.

Customers in the area served by Tonabrucky Reservoir will notice increased levels of chlorine in their water supply in the coming days as we work to resolve the issue.

Vulnerable customers who have registered with Irish Water will receive direct communication on this Boil Water Notice.

Irish water, the City Council and the HSE will monitor the supply and will lift the notice when it is safe to do so.

In line with HSE Covid-19 advice and the requirement for frequent hand washing, Irish Water advises that the water remains suitable for this purpose and boiling the water is not required.

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Violent incident in Tuam leaves seven hospitalised

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Gardaí are investigating after an incident in Tuam yesterday left seven people injured.

A violent altercation broke out between a large group at the cemetery in Tuam at about 4pm yesterday.

Around 30 Gardaí responded to the incident at the cemetery on the Athenry Road in Tuam, which broke out following two funerals in the area.

Gardaí supported by members from the wider North Western Region and the Regional Armed Support Unit had to physically intervene between parties and disperse those present.

Five males and two females were injured during the course of the incident and were taken to University Hospital Galway with non-life threatening injuries.

A 16-year-old boy was arrested at the scene, as he tried to flee in possession of a knife.

He was taken to Tuam Garda Station and has since been released. A file is being prepared for the Juvenile Liaison Officer.

Gardaí are appealing for any witnesses to this incident or for anyone with any information to contact Tuam Garda Station .

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Anger over ANC ‘snip’

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Agriculture Minister, Charlie McConalogue

ANGRY farmers hit out during last week’s Galway IFA at the Dept. of Agriculture over what they described as their ‘heavy handed tactics’ in docking BEAM penalties from ANC payments made last week.

Although Agriculture Minister, Charlie McConalogue, has apologised for the actions taken by his Department officials, delegates who attended last Thursday’s night county IFA meeting in the Claregalway Hotel, hit out at what happened.

In some cases, according to Galway IFA Chairperson, Anne Mitchell, farmers who had already paid back the BEAM penalty also had the money deducted from their ANC (Areas of Natural Constraint) payments made last week.

Many farmers received ‘a shock in the post’ when their ANC payments were hit with the deductions of penalties from the BEAM scheme – earlier they had been warned of interest penalties if any balances weren’t repaid within 30 days.

At the core of the problem was the inclusion of a 5% stock numbers reduction in the BEAM scheme (Beef Exceptional Aid Measure) aimed at helping to compensate farmers for a drop-off in beef prices between September, 2018 and May, 2019.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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