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The season of stultifying political party think-ins

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Former Taoiseach Brian Cowan: when a party political think-in went wrong.

World of Politics with Harry McGee – harrymcgee@gmail.com

Autumn, season of mists and mellow fruitfulness … and a series of stultifying political party think-ins. In the Irish political calendar, September is the month of think-ins where parties wow us with their state of knowledge and share their strategic thinking with the world.

Or put more simply, exploit a golden opportunity for cheap publicity.

The think-ins, as they are called, are ritualistic. They allow parties to gather the troops (their elected representatives); discuss the strategy for the coming Dáil; hear from ‘experts’ such as economists and political scientists; and thrash out internal differences.

To the outside world, there will be a couple of media opportunities where the party leader sets out her or his stall for the immediate future, usually by announcing one big initiative.

A few of them over the years have been memorable. In Inchdoney, Co Cork in 2004, Bertie Ahern more or less ditched the Celtic Tiger philosophy of “when I have it I spend it”, as articulated by Charlie McCreevy. However, the embrace by Bertie of “socialism” came too late to prevent the looming storm.

The other memorable one that springs to mind is in 2010 in the Ardilaun in Galway when Brian Cowen had a very late night and gave a very rusty interview on Morning Ireland the following morning. That was another nail in his political coffin, he was already under huge pressure at that stage; and he never recovered from it.

So they have kicked off this week. Sinn Féin was in Cavan on Monday and Tuesday and Fine Gael is in the Galway Bay Hotel on Thursday and Friday.

You can sense from the meetings if there’s an election in the offing. If we are mere months away from polling, there’s always a sense of nervousness and urgency, a mild underlying panic. The party’s loudest people are beating the drum and they are taking pot shots at easy targets.

You might have got that sense this September. Three critical events relating to Irish polics will occur over the next two months: the Budget; the renegotiation of the Confidence and Supply agreement; and the October deadline for UK’s divorce deal on Brexit.

It might not be enough to set the pulse racing. But you would expect at the very least, to hear the distant sound of war drums.

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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