Cracks emerge in FG strategy to win two City East seats

Thu, Apr 23, 2009

Fine Gael’s bold attempt to win an additional seat in Galway City East appears to be falling apart at the seams as one of the three candidates in the ward is being accused is failing to fall into line regarding the constituency divide.

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Mayor describes school warden appointment as ‘bureaucracy gone mad’

Thu, Apr 23, 2009

City Hall having to write to the Minister for Finance for permission to appoint a school warden is “bureaucracy gone mad” according to the Mayor of Galway Pádraig Conneely.

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Connemara set for a FF/FG showdown

Thu, Apr 16, 2009

With just over seven weeks to go until polling day the line-ups for the Local Elections in Connemara have begun to take their final shape.

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The politics of pain

Thu, Apr 16, 2009

Some political commentators have adjudged last week’s budget was a success because it avoided on-street protests. The October budget got pensioners and students out with placards. The February public sector income levy resulted in a large Dublin march. Politicians say the public response to the latest budget has been silence. This should be even more scary to Government backbenchers.

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Good news - we are spared politicians’ faces until May

Thu, Apr 16, 2009

Back in the 1980s I was a huge fan and avid reader of Oink! comic. It was like a children’s version of Viz, but where Viz is vulgar and boorish, Oink! was anarchic, witty, and had clever satire of society and politics in a way adults could also appreciate.

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What are the odds on Joe Reilly in the Euros?

Thu, Apr 16, 2009

With Declan Ganley, fairly well known MEPS like Sean Ó Neachtain, Jim Higgins, and Marian Harkin, and journalist Susan O’Keeffe all competing for EU seats in the North West, it’s little wonder this constituency is shaping up to be the most watched of the European contests.

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Connolly defends her attendance record in face of column allegations

Thu, Apr 16, 2009

Labour councillor Colette Connolly has refuted allegations regarding her attendance at meetings as “appalling and totally untrue..”

Speaking about statements made in last week’s Grassroots column, the Shantalla councillor said that the continued pronouncements and judgements of whether she will be elected or not are just risible and can be dismissed as evidence of the obvious desperation on the part of the author.

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New faces to hold on in June?

Thu, Apr 09, 2009

The 2004 Local Elections heralded sweeping changes on the Galway City Council - eight new faces, two new parties in Sinn Fein and the Greens, and a new alliance to control the election of Mayor.

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Enda Kenny - Taoiseach apparent?

Thu, Apr 09, 2009

Is Enda Kenny Taoiseach material? His critics, especially those in Fianna Fáil, want to make his leadership the central issue in the next election. They perceive he is the Achilles’ heel of FG and believe voters will baulk at a change of government with him as leader.

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Hi Noone — Fianna Fáil chooses popular Claregalway man to contest locals

Thu, Apr 09, 2009

When Cllr Mary Hoade chose to run in the Tuam ward, the race was on to find her replacement in Oranmore, a race made all the more urgent by a confident Fine Gael and resurgent Labour.

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Galway politicians will have to spend less on their election campaign this time around

Thu, Apr 09, 2009

Galway politicians will have to run their campaigns on a tighter budget than before as this year’s Local Elections will see spending limits applied to candidates and parties for the first time.

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Galwegian becomes youngest ever chair of a political party

Thu, Apr 09, 2009

Salthill man Andrew Murphy has become the chair of the Green Party National Executive Committee, the youngest person ever to hold such a position in Ireland.

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Val Hanley finally gets on FF ticket

Thu, Apr 09, 2009

First he was, then he was not, then he was again - Val Hanley’s Lanigan’s Ball style efforts to get on the Fianna Fáil ticket for Galway City West, finally paid off this week.

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Galway City Central is not a foregone conclusion

Thu, Apr 02, 2009

This week, Insider is going to take a look at the number of first preference votes received in 2004 by candidates in the old West Ward and potentially what the outcome may be in the new Galway City Central ward in June for the sitting councillors, repeat candidates, and new candidates.

Firstly, from an electorate of 11,500, Insider believes that 55 per cent will turn out to vote. If this is the case, 6,325 people will be deciding who will represent them in City Hall.

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Labour’s red rose set to bloom

Thu, Apr 02, 2009

Last weekend’s national Labour Party conference in Mullingar set out its platform for the forthcoming elections.

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The art of Fianna Fáil-ure

Thu, Apr 02, 2009

Conor Casby’s nude portraits of Brian Cowen, which have been causing a sensation these last few days, reminded me of a story I once heard about Brendan Behan.

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Josette leads Labour’s new charge in the county

Thu, Apr 02, 2009

Right now and heading into June’s Local Elections is a good time to be a candidate for The Labour Party. Labour could take four - perhaps if lucky five - seats in the Galway City Council, but can it do the same in the county?

The party has only one county councillor - Colm Keaveney - and Labour knows that it has an uphill battle to secure more seats in areas that have traditionally been barren ground.

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Is Fianna Fáil out to get Josie Conneely?

Thu, Mar 26, 2009

What is Fianna Fáil doing in Connemara? The fortress of Minister for Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs Éamon Ó Cuív is grinding slowly, very slowly, to making a decision regarding the team that will contest the Local Elections on June 5.

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Budget choices will determine our future

Thu, Mar 26, 2009

After the justified hoopla from Ireland’s rugby grand slam and Bernard Dunne’s boxing heroics, all eyes will be focused on the forthcoming Budget on April 7.

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A ‘burst’ Fianna Fáil

Thu, Mar 26, 2009

“Before we go any further let’s have the split”. It’s a phenomenon the used to plague Sinn Féin until recently, but it looks like it might happen in that other Republican party Fianna Fáil - or at least its Galway city branch.

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