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Niall Ó Tuathail to run as centre-left Independent in Galway West

Thu, Jun 25, 2015

Niall Ó Tuathail.

Niall Ó Tuathail, who this week declared that he will stand as an Independent in Galway West for Election 2016, will host a series of 'town hall' style meetings to build a campaigning movement around his candidacy.

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Tommy Holohan to run for AAA in Election 2016

Thu, Jun 25, 2015

Tommy Holohan.

Tommy Holohan will stand for the Anti-Austerity Alliance in Galway West at Election 2016. The Claddagh man was selected by a majority of delegates at the recent AAA Galway selection convention.

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Galway postmistress to stand in next General Election

Thu, Jun 25, 2015

Seona O'Fegan.

Seona O’Fegan has become the sixth woman in Galway to declare she will stand as a candidate in Election 2016. She is also the first in a series of community and post office candidates who will contest the upcoming General Election.

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Fine Gael/Labour the most likely victors of Election 2016

Thu, Jun 18, 2015

Will Joan Burton and Enda Kenny be smiling (and together) after Election 2016? Insider thinks so.

With summer upon us and the political season drawing to a close, it is an opportune time for Insider to take the political temperature and to speculate about what may lie ahead. This review is of course given an added edge by the fact that, at some point in the next nine months or so, what is likely to one of the most unpredictable general elections in the history of the State will be held.

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Call for Galway women to stand for election in 2016

Mon, Jun 15, 2015

Election 2016 is the first general election in the State where parties have to ensure 30 per cent of their candidates are female, or face financial penalties, and now a campaign group is calling on Galway women to put themselves forward for election to Dáil Éireann.

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Will any Galway West TD be a minister after Election 2016?

Thu, Jun 11, 2015

Fine Gael's Galway West candidates (LtoR): John O'Mahony, Seán Kyne, Hildegarde Naughton, and Brian Walsh.

The Government formed in the wake of the 2011 General Election was the first in 30 years to be without a TD from Galway West amongst its ministerial or junior ministerial ranks. Indeed, since the demotion of Ciarán Cannon in the 2014 reshuffle, neither Galway constituency – which between them had elected six government deputies in 2011 – has been represented at the top table of Irish politics.

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Back to the future with Fianna Fáil?

Thu, Jun 04, 2015

Fianna Fáil Galway West candidate for Election 2016 John Connolly.

Two things strike Insider immediately about the recently selected Fianna Fáil Galway West ticket for Election 2016 of TD Éamon Ó Cuív, county councillor Mary Hoade, and former city councillor John Connolly - and what is says about the party is not positive.

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What Irish political parties can learn from the UK election

Thu, May 28, 2015

UK prime minister David Cameron walks along Downing Street, while a British bobby watches on.

While last week's historic referendum on same sex marriage was undoubtedly the political event of the year in Ireland, earlier this month the eyes in Leinster House were very firmly fixed on events across the Irish Sea and the British general election.

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Connolly v Mortimer battle for Fianna Fail nomination

Thu, May 28, 2015

Former city coucnillor John Connolly, who is seeking a place on the FF ticket for Election 2016.

Fianna Fáil holds its Galway West Election 2016 selection convention in The Clayton Hotel this evening. Six candidates have been nominated for inclusion on what is likely to be a three person ticket for the constituency, but only five of them will be seeking delegate support.

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Derek Nolan to fight 'passionate, positive' Election 2016 campaign

Thu, May 21, 2015

Minister for Equality Aodhán Ó Ríordáin and Labour Galway West TD Derek Nolan.

He admits Election 2016 "will be fiercely fought", but Labour's Galway West TD Derek Nolan is determined to make "a passionate, positive case" on the doorsteps over the coming months in an all-out effort to defend his Dáil seat.

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James Charity joins Renua

Thu, May 21, 2015

Cllr James Charity.

James Charity, the formerly Independent Galway county councillor has today announced he is joining Lucinda Creighton's Renua and will seek to stand for the new political party in Galway West in next year's General Election.

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Can we really rely on polls?

Thu, May 21, 2015

The recent UK General Election on May 7 has left many political commentators, TV, radio and written pundits scratching their heads and pondering. What will it mean for Fine Gael? – Can Enda Kenny emulate David Cameron’s triumph? What will it mean for the Labour Party? – will the Liberal Democrats demise as the smaller Party in the UK mean an equal fate awaits Joan Burton and her Labour Party?

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Vote Yes for a kinder society

Thu, May 14, 2015

Insider is going to come straight out and say it - Vote Yes to Marriage Equality on May 22. Insider is taking an unequivocal stand on this issue as the referendum is very important to a small group of people in Ireland. That group not only includes this Insider, but also some of the most hopeful, optimistic, and open hearted people Insider has ever had the good fortune to meet.

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Fine Gael to select Galway West candidates in June

Thu, May 07, 2015

Brian Walsh and Sean Kyne at the 2011 election count. Photo:- Mike Shaughnessy

Fine Gael will hold its selection convention for Galway West on Sunday June 7 with six candidates looking likely to compete for a place on the party ticket.

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Labour succumb to neo-liberalism

Thu, Apr 30, 2015

Will the electorate be saying 'On yer bike?' to Environment Minister Alan Kelly at Election 2016? Photo:- Mike Shaughnessy

Insider spotted Labour Galway West TD Derek Nolan out knocking doors the other evening. He can only hope Dep Nolan’s appearance on the doorsteps does not impact too negatively on the Yes vote for marriage equality.

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Is Fianna Fáil planning for the post-Ó Cuív era?

Thu, Apr 23, 2015

Dep Éamon Ó Cuív and Cllr Ollie Crowe.

Éamon Ó Cuív may have the safest seat in the State, and be FF’s ‘one sure thing’ in Galway West for Election 2016, but the party knows it cannot rely on him forever, and a range of future hopefuls are jostling for position to become his eventual successor.

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Does Lucinda’s Renua actually stand for anything?

Thu, Apr 16, 2015

An electorate fatigued by years of unrelenting economic bad news and grinding austerity; disenchanted with the Government’s failure to tackle the failings of the political system and engage in meaningful reform; the lack of a coherent alternative from an Opposition that has, at its heart, a party still tainted by its role in the economic crash and still toxic for many; a surge in support for ‘Others’ manifesting itself in both opinion polls and local election results.

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The People’s Debate with Vincent Browne is coming to Galway

Tue, Apr 14, 2015

The People’s Debate with Vincent Browne will be held in the Galway Bay Hotel on Monday April 20, as part of the programme’s journey to all 40 constituencies in the State.

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Sinn Féin and the trouble with independent-thinking women

Thu, Apr 09, 2015

Sinn Féin councillor Mairead Farrell.

“For every job created five people emigrate – a shocking statistic from the CSO’s National Household Survey”. This tweet by Sinn Féin’s Mairéad Farrell takes the shine off the recent Government fanfare about job creation.

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Kinane to seek FF election nomination

Thu, Apr 09, 2015

Cllr Martina Kinnane.

County councillor Martina Kinane has become the first woman to put her name forward as a potential Fianna Fáil Galway West candidate for Election 2016.

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