As FG/Labour support falls, is re-election plausible?

Thu, Jul 10, 2014

‘There will be much fanfare over Joan Burton’s leadership, the Cabinet reshuffle, and an opportunity to loosen the purse strings as the budgetary position improves - but much of the damage has already been done.’

Last Friday saw much fanfare in the USA, and among Irish-based Americans, for the Independence Day celebrations, but in Ireland a dominant theme of political discourse - even close to two months after the local the European elections - is more of Independents’ Day.

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TALKING POLITICS: Cometh the hour, cometh the man?

Thu, Jul 03, 2014

Éamon Ó Cuív and Ollie Crowe pictured at the 2009 local election count. Will both be celebrating at the 2016 General Election?

Galway political anoraks will not have failed to notice how Fianna Fáil councillor Ollie Crowe has taken over from his brother, Cllr Michael J, as the ‘Face of the party in the city’, these last three years.

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Why Joan Burton is the best choice for Labour leader

Thu, Jun 26, 2014

Labour leadership candidate Joan Burton with Galway Labour members Sen Lorraine Higgins, Cllr Billy Cameron, and Cllr Neil McNelis at the recent Labour leadership hustings in the Clayton Hotel. Photo:- Mike Shaughnessy.

Insider is, this week, looking at the contest for the Labour leadership, from a Labour perspective, in the aftermath of what was a disastrous election for the party in which it lost three seats on the Galway City Council.

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Sinn Féin & The Noel Grealish Party

Mon, Jun 16, 2014

Sinn Féin senator Trevor Ó Clochartaigh.

A senator and a Galway County Council seat in Connemara; three council seats in the city; and a councillor for Oranmore Athenry, and all for Sinn Féin, while Labour is on the ropes, bruised, battered, and both eyes blackened.

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Sinn Féin demands City Hall slash property tax rate

Mon, Jun 16, 2014

Sinn Féin city councillor Mairéad Farrell.

A motion to slash the controversial property tax by 15 per cent will be put forward by Sinn Féin councillors at this afternoon’s Galway City Council meeting.

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‘I will serve my full five years’ - Cameron

Thu, Jun 05, 2014

Labour Cllr Billy Cameron.

“Absolute crap, absolute rubbish” is how Labour councillor Billy Cameron has described Fianna Fáil accusations that he has no intention of serving his full five-year term on Galway City Council.

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‘And you can quote me on that’

Thu, May 29, 2014

“I have a degree and a masters and yet I’m unemployed. My generation is the lost generation. In me, voters saw someone who has stayed and can give the perspective of that generation in City Hall, and the perspective of my generation is needed.”

The 24-year-old Sinn Féin councillor Máiréad Farrell speaking after her election on Saturday.

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Election analysis - All change and no change in city’s 2014 vote

Mon, May 26, 2014

Sinn Féin's Anna Marley and Cathal Ó Conchuir celebrate their election to City Hall at the count in the Westside Community Centre on Sunday. Photo:- Mike Shaughnessy

Galway will never have seen a city council like the one that gathers in June for the first meeting in City Hall after the Local Elections, and yet, from a certian point of view, it will be a council that is strangely familiar.

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City Hall needs a younger generation’s perspective

Sun, May 25, 2014

Sinn Fein's Mairead Farrell with her mother Jenny, sister Medb and father Niall after being elected to Galway City Council at the count in Westside Community Centre on Saturday. Photo:-Mike Shaughnessy

The first Sinn Féin candidate to be elected in Galway city in 10 years is also, at 24, the youngest candidate to be elected to the Galway City Council. “My generation is the lost generation,” she says.

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Can Sheridan and Marley take a seat each in Central?

Sun, May 25, 2014

Sheamus Sheridan.

Can the Green's Sheamus Sheridan and Sinn Féin's Anna Marley take the last two seats in Galway City Central, capitalising on the collapse of Padraig Conneely's vote and the modest performance of Nicola Deacy?

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Galway City West - the complete results

Sun, May 25, 2014

Returning officer Gary McMahon declared Niall McNelis and Pearce Flannery elected having exceeded the quota and Cathal Ó Conchúir and Peter Keane elected, not having reached the quota.

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‘I don’t set out to court favour - I’m a straight talker’

Sun, May 25, 2014

Cllr Catherine Connolly and Cllr Michael Crowe at the count in the Westside Community Centre on Saturday. Photo:- Mike Shaughnessy

The decline of family run businesses in Galway city, the housing crisis, and the less women elected to Galway City Council than in the last Local Election; for Independent councillor Catherine Connolly there is a lot to be concerned about.

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‘Fianna Fáil are still in the sin bin’ - Ollie Crowe

Sun, May 25, 2014

FF Cllr Ollie Crowe pictured with his son Luke at the count centre in Westside on Sunday. Photo:- Kernan Andrews

Ollie Crowe has conceded that Fianna Fáil will only be coming back with three seats in the new Galway City Council, the same number the party had at the start of this election campaign.

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‘We need a progressive alliance in City Hall’ - Marley

Sun, May 25, 2014

Sinn Féin's Anna Marley celebrates her election as a councillor for Galway City Central with SF senator Trevor Ó Clochartaigh. Photo:- Kernan Andrews

Sinn Féin’s new councillor for Galway City Central, Anna Marley, is determined to build a ‘progressive alliance’ so the new council is one where Left-wing values are heard, not ignored.

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‘It wasn’t pretty, but we did it’ - Brian Walsh

Sun, May 25, 2014

A happy moment in an uncertain election for FG. John Walsh being congratulated by his wife Natalie after being elected at the counting of votes for the Galway City Local election in Westside Community Centre on Saturday. Photo:- Mike Shaughnessy

“The people are angry and the top level of the party will have to accept the verdict of the people and listen to the message they are sending out.”

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'When you're elected, you put the people first'

Sat, May 24, 2014

Terry O'Flaherty pictured with her two grand-nephews and her grand-niece in the Westside Community Centre today (Saturday May 24).

"I hope that everybody elected to City Hall has both the city and their ward at the heart of all they do, when you're elected you're elected by the people and you put them first."

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Galway City East Count - the complete results

Sat, May 24, 2014

Returning Officer Gary McMahon deemed Noel Larkin and John Walsh elected without reaching the quota.

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Galway City Central - the complete results

Sat, May 24, 2014

Returning Officer Gary McMahon deemed Conneely, Fahy, Marley elected without reaching the quota.

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‘The way people vote in local elections has changed’ - Mike Crowe

Sat, May 24, 2014

Cllr Mike Crowe celebrates being elected at the counting of votes for the Galway City Local election in Westside Community Centre on Saturday. Photo:-Mike Shaughnessy

The way people vote in local elections, and their motivations, have, changed considerably, and it is a trend mainstream parties need to take heed of.

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Galway candidates not at the Euro races

Thu, May 22, 2014

Outspoken TD Luke Ming Flanagan, currently on twelve per cent, is expected to battle for the Independent vote with current MEP Marian Harkin.

Galway’s two EU candidates are set to be no more than also-rans and spectators at a race which will be dominated by Ulster, north-Connacht, and Leinster politicians.

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