A Local Look For Local People

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Oireachtas Retort’s new election website is live.

From their first despatch…

During this past government term Galway merits special distinction for making headlines around the world after Savita Halappanavar, a local dentist, was left to die. When the news broke that November morning I brought coffee to a solitary protester who made a dignified and defiant stand at the entrance throughout the day. We exchanged few words having few of comprehension but understood well enough. We will never forget Savita in Galway.

Another woman was buried just this week, having been found in Merlin Woods after a seven day search. This follows a young woman who was recovered from the docks two weeks ago having met the river the night before. The sound of the RNLI helicopter has become grimly familiar to everyone. Its drone heard all hours of the night and day.

“Tragic circumstances” have become so routine as to soften traditionally austere hearts. We have reached the point when burly pub security men sincerely bid you “safe home” as you pass their door into the night. They are very often the last ones to see people alive. The back of a bouncer’s head now a regular cameo on desperate grainy CCTV footage.

The decent generosity and cooperation of community in these agonising moments is unrecognisable from a world that leaves people feeling so isolated to begin with. It is difficult for me to reconcile the two.

Galway has always been a town of blow-ins and transients but behind the statistics we are familiar with, it is frightening to see how the place has been hollowed out.

…Welcome to the new Oireachtas Retort site. A gloomy start perhaps but we might find something to cheer about soon.

All Politics Is Local (Oireachtas Retort)

Previously: ‘I Have Six Years Of Extensive Notes’

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13 thoughts on “A Local Look For Local People

  1. cheech

    I knew the girl pulled from the docks. Didn’t know it was her until I saw her picture and book of condolences leading to the GMIT foyer. Spotted her in the college not a week before :(

  2. Clampers Outside!

    “Galway has always been a town of blow-ins and transients but behind the statistics we are familiar with, it is frightening to see how the place has been hollowed out.”

    That’s just too much flowery language, used for the sake of language… please, Galway has been ‘hollowed out’ how? What does that even mean in this piece? Hollowing out is usually when manufacturing is lost, Galway is robust with it’s plethora of medical companies manufacturing high end medical devices and other such.
    If the piece is meant to say, ‘Galway’s soul is hollowed out’ …meh, I say bullcrap….. the whole piece, even when you read the original full length in the link is a bit airy fairy. But, that’s just me…. I have liked stuff from Oireachtas Retort in the past, I’m sure this is just a speed bump or something.

  3. poppy

    “Transfusion positive” strongly criticised for ‘extravagent spending of 3.215 millon from HSE. “Strenously resisted the HSE for basic financial information”. 58,000 for office accommodation , open only for 1 and half days a week and 3 grand on booze. What a shame mental health is so neglected. ( irish times today).

  4. Jake38

    “……….after Savita Halappanavar, a local dentist, was left to die……” That statement is probably actionable.

  5. E

    This didn’t seem to be making any actual point other than “Aren’t things terrible in Galway”.

    I don’t see how Savita and two women going missing have anything to do with each other at all, other than being tragedies and possibly avoidable. However if it was to raise the point that were avoidable, I find it a little odd that they were lumped together into a paragraph that doesn’t really say anything. Repealing the 8th and mental health in Ireland are two separate and incredibly important issues.

    No suggestions on how to improve any situations. Raised no “points” that most of the population aren’t all ready too aware of.

  6. Nigel

    Blimey these comments are all a bit ‘what do you have to feel so depressed about?’ Like a town can only be hollowed out economically? And the deaths of three women need to be materially connected to cast a bit of a pall? And does any attempt to describe a problem or a malaise have to come with suggestions for solutions in order to be valid? Austere hearts indeed.

  7. Peter Dempsey

    Is he saying that the other two women died because they couldn’t get abortions?

    I don’t think has has children himself.

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