The Advertiser is gone beyond a joke at this point when it comes to local politics. I know it is a local rag, but is it too much to expect something better than than
"Crowe announces new €1 million pedestrian bridge for Galway"
Galway Advertiser - Local News, Sports, Entertainment, Community Events, Free Weekly Newspaper
This week the front page headline is that Cllr Michael Crowe has announced a €1m footbridge across the canal. Now leaving aside the obvious question about why it should cost a million quid to span a body of water 20m wide for pedestrians and cyclists, what I want to know is why Crowe got a mention in the headline? Its not like he paid for it. He was one of God knows how many people involved.
I can understand how a politician would issue a press release associating themselves with the good news, but how does it make it to the front page headline of a newspaper? Crowe should have been a footnote in the story, nothing more.
Then inside you have a sicking series of soft focus photo's and articles about Peter Keane and Hildegarde Naughton. Almost nothing of which seem related to their work that the public currently pays them to do as councillors but solely related to their chances of climbing the greasy pole to get another higher paid public job. What chances are there or seen an article critically analysing what these two have done since they got elected?
'Firebrand' councillor and Advertiser favourite Padraig Conneely gets another press release in and I'm only surprised I haven't seen something from Fidelma Healy Eames announcing/decrying something or other.
The soft handling a council that has presided over disasters in the cities infrastructure and budgets over the past few years is sickening. The editorials in the Advertiser can sometimes carry a useful message, but with the likes of this weeks headline it is lost in the schmaltz.
And before anyone says 'well don't buy it'....