the city of galway is the european capital of culture for 2020. this is the eu nation most affected by brexit but it sees itself as having a different rhythm from its nearest neighbour, the uk. the moment when britain ripped itself out of europe, we are a proud european nation and the values of welcome and a progressive approach are really interesting. the coastline on the edge of the atlantic will take centre stage. the west of ireland is in line for development in an effort to spread more wealth to the regions. ireland has the fastest growing economy in the eu and galway seems to be feeling the benefits of that. across the country, opposition parties are emphasising issues like the shortage of housing, problems with the health service and a rise in the pension age. all that means is that the current prime minister is behind in the polls. leo varadkarjust does not have a high profile at home, he has become well—known abroad because of his role in the brexit process. he said that with trade—offs coming up, a change of government may be risky.
taking place during galway‘s year as the european capital of culture. in a moment, will have a special programme about the coronavirus outbreak, but now it's time for a look at the weather with chris fawkes. hello there. we've got some very large contrasts in our weather today, from the stunning sunshine that some of us are enjoying across parts of northern england, northern ireland and scotland, to the rather drab, cloudy and wet conditions we have across parts of southern england. now, the rain that's been working in across parts of the south of england into east anglia, that's going to be pushing away during the first part of the evening. we'll be left with clearing skies and with light winds around, that's a recipe for it turning cold. the frost pushing a little bit further southwards into parts of wales and the midlands, along with northern england and scotland, but perhaps not quite as chilly in northern ireland, here we'll have some cloud and showers to start the day. otherwise, a fine sunny cold, likely frosty start to the day, maybe an odd fog
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