Claire Kerrane to run for Sinn Féin in Roscommon-Galway.

Thu, Mar 26, 2015

Sinn Féin Roscommon-Galway candidate Claire Kerrane with MEP Matt Carthy. Photo:- Bernard Connor.

Claire Kerrane has been chosen as the Sinn Féin candidate to stand in the new Roscommon-Galway constituency at the 2016 General Election.

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Grealish to remain Independent for Election 2016

Tue, Mar 24, 2015

Dep Noel Grealish.

Galway West TD Noel Grealish has ruled out joining any political alliance and will be standing for re-election to Galway West in the 2016 General Election as a “true Independent”.

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Election 2016 will determine future of water charges

Wed, Mar 11, 2015

Is this a T-shirt we are likely to see many voters wearing come Election 2016 when the public has a chance to give its verdict on parties supporting the controversial water charges?

Insider has been thinking lately about what are the limits to democratic expression, are there certain lines that just should not be crossed, and if so what are they?

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Derek Nolan - is he really a politically dead duck?

Thu, Feb 26, 2015

Dep Derek Nolan stepping into the viewing platform for the St Patrick's Day Parade in 2011.

Insider is going against the grain here, but let him go out on a charred and severed limb, daring to posit that Labour Galway West TD Derek Nolan is not the electorally dead in the water, threatened with extinction political animal, that he appears to be.

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Fidelma Healy-Eames to run as Independent in Election 2016

Mon, Feb 23, 2015

Sen Fidelma Healy-Eames.

Fidelma Healy-Eames will contest the 2016 General Election as an Independent candidate for the Galway West, saying she would prefer “to dedicate my energy to policies that can make a difference rather than putting my energy into a party”.

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Bog cotton or people’s homes - that is the choice as wrecking ball looms

Thu, Feb 19, 2015

Not since the slack-tongued Mylie Cyrus straddled a wrecking ball in the nip has there been such excitement over the demolition of buildings. However proposals to demolish up to 130 houses to make way for a new bypass in Galway has got locals twerking with rage.

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Onus is on Yes side to convince voters about gay marriage

Thu, Feb 12, 2015

Since coming to power the present Government has not been shy about going down the referendum route. To date it has sought to make six Constitutional amendments and next May will seek to make two more.

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Do betting odds reflect the political reality in Galway West?

Thu, Feb 05, 2015

Will Seán Kyne be celebrating in 2016 like he was in 2011? Photo:- Mike Shaughnessy

Insider always raises an eyebrow when bookies issue their odds on election betting - who’s a favourite, who’s not, etc - indeed, one of Ireland’s well known bookies gets RED C to carry out polling for it regularly, hence the odds that bookmaker offers reflects the results of the polls.

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Which Galway West candidate is a good bet for 2016?

Thu, Jan 29, 2015

Catherine Connolly and Sean Kyne in 2011. Will she do better and he do worse in 2016? Photo:- Mike Shaughnessy.

Local bookmaker John Mulholland recently revealed betting odds for the anticipated Galway West candidates in next year’s General Election, and today Insider takes a look at the runners and riders, and examines where the smart money lies as the battlefield heats up ahead of what is likely to be an epic electoral contest.

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‘Politicians are all the same’

Thu, Jan 22, 2015

“Politicians are all the same“ is a very common refrain these days, and although it may disturb the more idealistic candidates and their canvassers, it has more than a grain of truth. The two governments that have reigned throughout the Irish economic meltdown have pursued the same policies, making the people pay for a crisis that was none of their doing.

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Could Ó Cuív use the free bus pass for the next election?

Thu, Jan 15, 2015

Fianna Fáil Galway West TD Éamon Ó Cuív. Photo:- Mike Shaughnessy

If Dáil Éireann goes to full term, and the General Election comes, not this year, but in April/May 2016, three sitting Oireachtas members in Connacht would be able to travel around their respective constituencies for free using their bus passes.

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2015 - it ain't going to be a dull year

Thu, Jan 08, 2015

Lucinda Creighton’s new party will need to do well in Galway West if it wants to make a real impact across the State.

With the festive period now over, politicians have turned their thoughts to the year ahead and in one respect the mood across the parties is the same – we are now in an election year.

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Grealish ‘interested’ but not yet convinced by Shane Ross’s alliance

Thu, Jan 08, 2015

Independent Galway West TD Noel Grealish pictured with fellow Independent and former PD colleague Terry O'Flaherty.

Noel Grealish is reluctant to join any new alliance of Independent centrist TDs, currently being touted by deputies Finian McGrath and Shane Ross, until there is a plan in place and definite ideas on what such an alliance stands for.

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‘This Government resembles a substitute teacher who cannot control the class’

Thu, Dec 11, 2014

In a famous speech in 1992 Britain’s Queen Elizabeth referred to having just endured ‘an annus horribilis’. Well at Christmas 2014 any member of the Irish Government could make the very same statement.

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Farrell to take over from Ó Clochartaigh as SF standard bearer in Galway West?

Thu, Dec 11, 2014

Cllr Mairead Farrell.

Galway West could elect its first Sinn Féin TD in almost a century come the 2016 General Election, but it could be new city councillor Máiréad Farrell instead of current party standard bearer Sen Trevor Ó Clochartaigh.

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John Connolly being asked to run for FF in Election 2016

Thu, Dec 11, 2014

John Connolly.

ohn Connolly, the long time Fianna Fáil member and former city councillor, is understood to have been approached by Fianna Fail to consider standing in the 2016 General Election.

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Éamon Ó Cuív - the man to revive FF’s Galway and national fortunes?

Thu, Dec 04, 2014

FF TD Eamon Ó Cuív celebration his re-election to the Dáil in 2011. Photo:- Mike Shaughnessy.

The national media is putting pressure on the two great Civil War parties to call a truce following the next general election so that an historic Fine Gael/Fianna Fáil government can be formed. This would-be Fianna Gael coalition – political commentators argue – is essential if the State is not to fall into the clutches of Gerry ‘Grizzly’ Adams.

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To win in Oranmore, you have to go through Grealish first

Thu, Nov 27, 2014

Noel Grealish following his election victory in 2007.

“The only valid poll is on election day!” is the guff politicians huff and bluster with when the latest round of opinion polls turn out badly for them. Yet fear not reader, Insider can assure you all politicians, regardless of what they say publicly, take opinion poll findings very seriously.

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Ó Clochartaigh or Connolly for the Dáil? Or both?

Thu, Nov 20, 2014

Sinn Féin Senator Trevor Ó Clochartaigh.

Protest works. This is the message of the last number of weeks. Although Insider is uncomfortable with some of the more intimidating displays seen recently, there is no denying that the scale of the anti-water charges protests, the palpable public anger, and the unprecedented display of hostility shown to both the Taoiseach and Tánaiste has chastened the Government.

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James Charity to contest next General Election

Thu, Nov 20, 2014

James Charity, the Independent politician first elected to the Galway County Council at last May’s local elections, has declared he will stand for the Dáil at the 2016 General Election.

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