Saturday 3 December 2016

They can take away libraries - but not my right to read

This woman's life: Rita Ann Higgins

Rita Ann Higgins

Published 25/09/2016 | 02:30

As well as helping to educate us, libraries are part of the fibre of our society that enhances positive mental health. Stock photo: Getty
As well as helping to educate us, libraries are part of the fibre of our society that enhances positive mental health. Stock photo: Getty

There is new department in the bowels of city hall called The Asinine By-laws Department. A banjo of new by-laws is in the making - they have the same appeal as a rusty bucket in a clump of briars. By the time it gets its Capital of Culture crown, Galway will have morphed into a police state.

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No tree or shrub climbing. How do you climb a shrub? No fence, railing or wall climbing in a park or open space. No cycling, no skateboards, no rollerblades in a park or open space.

No citizen shall play football in an open space - better to do it indoors and wreck the Capodimonte figurines granny brought back from the Congo.

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