Unexpected Election Surprise

Promotion of the Port Scheme

He has been all his life in the National Museum theorising on the government of Ireland, now that he has lost his situation, and is a free man, he wishes to undertake the work of practical politics.  It would be a pity to stop him.

We are rather inclined to take it as a harmless diversion in National politics that need not trouble any one.  North Roscommon has set up the Count as an idol or leader of a party and he must perforce do something to justify everything expected of him.  He has been all his life in the National Museum theorising on the government of Ireland, now that he has lost his situation, and is a free man, he wishes to undertake the work of practical politics.  It would be a pity to stop him.  Since he failed in getting a job in Dublin Castle he probably wants a conference where he can round it on all those who deprived him of a handsome salary besides the position of Secretary to the Chief Governor of Ireland.

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In another column will be found a letter from Mr. Robert Worthington, contradicting some statements made by Mr. M. McDonagh, Chairman of the Harbour Board at its last meeting.  Between the two statements there is evidently something wrong somewhere.

With regard to the promotion of the Port Scheme at present, there is talk of a deputation of the Harbour Board to go to London to see the Premiers of Canada and Newfoundland on the matter.  We also learn that Mr. Worthington has already proceeded to London, and is in communication with the Lord Mayor of Dublin to make arrangements for a deputation of the Dublin Corporation to have an interview with the Premiers.

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We wrote last week in not very complimentary terms of the management of government departments.  In another column will be found a case in point brought forward by J.W. Monaghan, an active member of the Oughterard District Council.  It will be seen what muddling and delay that body had to put up with.  We have learned that they are now getting fairly well supplied with what they want in seed, but for that they have to thank Mr. W. G. Fogarty, the acting Secretary of the County Council.

Galway Observer, 23 March 1917

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