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

Thu, Apr 23, 2015

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

“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

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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High profile county councillor announces Dail bid

Thu, Apr 09, 2015

The longest serving councillor on Galway County Council is dipping his toe into the national political spectrum once again. Well known Ardrahan representative Michael Fahy officially announced on Tuesday that he will run as an Independent candidate in the 2016 General Election.

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Will FG run Hildegarde, just for sake of it?

Thu, Apr 02, 2015

There is an outdated assumption that formulating a party’s ticket for an election is a straightforward process. The incumbent TDs will spearhead the attack, flanked, meanwhile by a couple of no-hope sweepers from the remote reaches of the constituency.

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

Thu, Mar 26, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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