Back to the future with Fianna Fáil?

Thu, Jun 04, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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