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February 8th 2006

J’taime - non!

‘All You Need is Love’ - so sang John Lennon more than thirty years ago. And in a present world starved of this precious commodity, never was a sentiment more true. Next week as lovers rush to fill tables of hotels and restaurants for Valentines, gaze rapturously at each other and declare their devotion for life, let them for a few seconds pause and consider the singular lack of such warmth and affection on the local, national and international stage.
In town, developers are battling it out, mart shareholders are split over competing bids for their site, a war of words is being waged between present and past directors of the Waterbus - and everybody is fighting with the Times.
Nationally, tribunals will go on forever, revealing so much crookery in high places that we’ve nearly grown immune. Political parties are already trading insults as they gear up for an election that could be still a year away - while Sinn Fein and the Unionists are no nearer to getting back to power-sharing, as accusations are flung about like confetti. Je t’aime - how are ye!
But all those are mere tiffs when compared to the hornets nest that old Dubya has released in the Middle East. No man in the last six decades has done as much to dismantle world order as the sitting American president, ably assisted by his war-mongering cabinet.
George will go down in history as the man who decided to bring democracy to the East. This lofty ambition presently sees one country heading for civil war; a second electing the wrong party, causing Dubya to threaten to withdraw all grant aid; a third (and the first one attacked), supposedly with a legitimately elected government, whose regions are run by warlords - and U.S. troops only able to move out of the cities by helicopter; and a fourth, fifth and sixth sitting on his doorstep espousing socialist causes, to the chagrin of the US administration

Je t’aime - me a..e
But George doesn’t discriminate - not only does he hate the Sunnis, Kurds, Shi’ites, Al Quaeda, Iranians, Palestinians, Cubans, North Koreans and the communist regimes of South and Central America - but also dislikes the French and Germans. Then there is the question of the southern blacks - the ones waving at him from the rooftops as he flew over New Orleans in Air Force One in the aftermath of Katrina.
So folks, as you sip your vino and sample the peitit-fours on February 14th, spare a thought for all those who are not experiencing the same feelings of warmth and tenderness towards their fellowman, as you. And later, as you kneel beside the bed to recite your night prayers - say one in grateful thanks that the ex-Beatle who sang the song in the 70s is no longer around to witness the mess our leaders, local, national and international, are making of their respective domains.
Je t’aime - oui?

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Valentine’s Day lineup: Justina Keating, Sharon Walsh, Niamh McCarroll and Deirdre Keeney show off the various objects of love and devotion on sale at Timony News Photo: Jason McGarrigle

Mart executive meet with Bennett Construction representatives Committee later agree to muzzle Times

The saga of the mart progressed a stage further last week when the committee met with Bennett project manager, John White and a company architect. This meeting discussed the developer’s plans for the proposed new mart at Tullyearl and the Bennett men accepted suggestions from members as to design and size of the new facility. When Mr White and associate left the room after an hour plus of discussion, committee members held an executive meeting to debate various topics. High among these was Donegal Times. We are led to believe a proposal was made and agreed that this paper should be prohibited from reporting any further mart meetings - and a high powered delegation was nominated to relay this news to the editor. However later reports suggest that the bulletin may be coming in the form of a solicitor’s letter. This is a surprising course of action considering many of the farming community, who are the backbone of the mart, are not shareholders and cannot attend meetings. But it seems these excluded agri-people, as well as the rest of the community, are to be kept in the dark as to how the mart carries out its business.
At the last special meeting of the shareholders held on 24th November in the Mill Park Hotel, chairman John Kelly opened proceedings with the ringing declaration “Everything we do is open and transparent – we have nothing to hide. The editor of Donegal Times is present here tonight and he will vouch for that” – OPEN? –TRANSPARENT ?

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