Lough Derg: the spirit of a holy place

IMAGE Wednesday, 04 April 2012
A small island in a lake called Lough Derg is one of the most famous of Ireland's places of pilgrimage. About 35,000 pilgrims come to it each year intent on doing penance for their sins or seeking divine intervention in their lives. Read More...

Nantes-Brest Canal, Brittany's popular leisure waterway

IMAGE Friday, 07 October 2011
The Nantes-Brest Canal is a 364 km long waterway connecting the city of Brest, on the west of Brittany, to the city of Nantes in the south east. Read More...

The shrine of the Cailleach at Glen Lyon

IMAGE Wednesday, 07 September 2011
Each year, in one of the most remote areas of Scotland, a family of stones are brought out of the house in the spring and returned to the house for the winter. The tradition stretches back thousands of years and the site is believed to be the only surviving shrine to the Celtic goddess Cailleach. Read More...

Newport Celtic Festival and Highland Games, Oregon

IMAGE Tuesday, 17 May 2011
A cultural celebration of the seven Celtic nations, the new festival on the Oregon coast features Celtic music, dance, food, drink, crafts, vendors, kids events, family histories and Highland Games. Read More...

World's largest tidal power project

IMAGE Thursday, 07 April 2011
The world's largest tidal stream energy array will be built in the Sound of Islay on Scotland's west coast. Read More...

Wales' new devolution settlement

IMAGE Thursday, 03 March 2011
Following the 'Yes' victory in the 3 March 2011 Referendum, Wales will now be able to pass its own laws in twenty policy fields. Read More...

The Giant's Causeway, a UNESCO World Heritage Site

IMAGE Thursday, 03 March 2011
The Causeway Coast in Northern Ireland has an unparalleled display of polygonal columns of basalt rock resulting from a volcanic eruption 60 million years ago. Read More...

'Yes' expected to win Welsh Devolution Referendum

Opinion polls indicate Wales will vote for more law-making powers for the Welsh National Assembly in the March 2011 Referendum.

Opinion polls indicate Wales will vote for more law-making powers for the Welsh National Assembly in the March 2011 Referendum.

The referendum on full law-making powers for the National Assembly for Wales is to be held on 3 March 2011.

Opinion polls throughout 2010 have consistently shown the Yes vote ahead across all parts of Wales.

The January 2011 YouGov poll showed 46% will vote Yes, 25% will vote No, 21% are undecided and 8% will not vote.

The 'Yes for Wales' campaign has united political rivals, with all Welsh political parties campaigning together for a Yes vote.

The Welsh First Minister Carwyn Jones said the point of winning full law-making powers for Wales was about getting "the tools for the job".

The No campaign, under the umbrella organisation 'True Wales', calls to vote against Wales getting more powers saying further Devolution is an "unjustifable grab for power by failed elitist politicians" and a "slippery slope" to independence.

But leading spokesman for True Wales, Paul Matthews, was accused of putting down Wales as he said the Welsh people "are not the most innovative or creative, and very often those that are, move out of Wales."

At present, the National Assembly for Wales has limited powers to make laws for Wales on some areas such as health, agriculture, education, the environment, social services and local government.

But under the current Devolution settlement, the Welsh assembly must first obtain agreement from the UK Parliament in London, which then decides whether or not the Welsh Assembly can make those laws.

If Welsh people vote Yes in the referendum, the Assembly will gain powers to pass laws without needing the agreement of London, saving time and resources, and allowing a prompt implementation of policy.

If most people vote No, then the present Devolution settlement will continue.

www.yesforwales.com - Official website of the Yes Campaign.
www.tomorrow-wales.co.uk - Official website of a cross-sector, multi-faith Yes Campaign.
www.truewales.org.uk - Umbrella organisation for the 'No' campaign.

See also: Welsh rugby stars back referendum 'Yes' campaign

Search the Magazine


Celtic Countries is the online magazine for people who enjoy the Celtic nations, their natural splendour, culture, and lifestyles.

About CelticCountries.com | Write for us | Advertise

Subscribe to the Newsletter

Sign up for our monthy Celtic Countries Magazine email newsletter for the latest stories from our website.