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Dear Editor, In most European Countries students can go into a stream of education for the trades at the age of 16. Why does our system of Education keep pushing everyone towards the Leaving Cert and towards a 3rd Level Degree for all? Is it because we don’t have teachers qualified to teach any other… Read more »

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The Earn Our Vote alliance comprises of Active Retirement Ireland, Age Action, Age and Opportunity, ALONE, Irish Senior Citizens Parliament, Active Ageing Partnership and Third Age Ireland. These groups represent more than half a million people over the age of 65 in Ireland. In what is likely to be a very close election, where every vote… Read more »

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Independent Galway Senator Fidelma Healy Eames has written to Galway County Council asking them to revise Enurement clauses for families facing repossession and in difficulties with Banks. ‘I have sight of a letter from the Bank telling a Conamara-based family that their home will be repossessed in November unless the family can come up with… Read more »

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With over 1000 parishes in Ireland the Catholic Church and other churches must do more. Independent Galway Senator Fidelma Healy Eames has called for the immediate recall of the Seanad next week to discuss the ongoing refugee crisis in the Mediterranean and Europe. The Galway Senator says that it is clear that Ireland must step… Read more »

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Dear Editor, I am writing to you in response to a recent article regarding the appointment of consultants with a view to determining traffic calming measures for Claregalway village. It would appear from this article that any proposed traffic calming measures would meet with some resistance from local councillors and business interests. There is no… Read more »

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We received this information from a reader concerned with the amount of local residents using herbicides to eradicate dandelions. Now that spring has arrived, I would like to share some interesting information with our neighbours. I see a lot of people in the area trying to get rid of dandelions using herbicides. These herbicides can migrate… Read more »

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The Prime Time special on Áras Attracta, which was aired on Tuesday 9th of December, made for distressing viewing. For those of us with special needs children, it was even more so. It is every parent’s worst nightmare. ‘That could be my Johnny or my Mary.’ It was all too horrific. Surely there must be some… Read more »

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This appeared as a Letter to the Editor in the Irish Independent on Wednesday 3rd of December 2014 I seem to be living austerity eternally—before, during and after the Celtic Tiger years and all through the official austerity years—but that is not why I write. The €2.50 on my prescription shoved my medication of forty years onto my luxury… Read more »

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WB Yeats’ ancestral home, which has been closed to the public for five years after severe flood damage, could be open on time for the Nobel Laureate poet’s 150th birthday next June 2015, thanks to a campaign waged by a local South Galway community-based group, the Yeats Thoor Ballylee Society. Described by Seamus Heaney as “the… Read more »

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