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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Sixth candidate enters EU North West race

Thu, Mar 26, 2009

A new Independent Donegal based candidate, Fiachra Ó Luain, has entered the race to win an EU seat for the three seat North West constituency in June’s European Elections.

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Cometh the hour, cometh the man

Thu, Mar 26, 2009

Could it be that the political resurrection of Val Hanley is almost complete? That in its hour of need Fianna Fáil are looking to him to help win back a seat in Galway City West?

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The heart of banking regulation

Thu, Mar 12, 2009

The Great Depression of 1929 is the only economic event comparable to our current morass. A post mortem study in the 1930s into the cause of the Wall Street crash concluded that it was due to deregulation of the financial sector.

Banks being allowed to develop new products to trade debt and inter-state banking across the US were pinpointed as disastrous. Legislation was put in place to prohibit both.

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The hacks are already creating the mayoral pacts

Thu, Mar 12, 2009

Although nominations have yet to close for June’s Local Elections, attentions are already being focused on the likely results and the potential mayoral pacts that may be created post June.

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Most support a ban on election posters but making it a reality will be difficult

Thu, Mar 12, 2009

At Monday’s Galway City Council meeting, Independent Cllr Donal Lyons will call for a “voluntary ban on all political posters in the city area for the forthcoming Local and European elections”.

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If the political poster goes, what will replace it?

Thu, Mar 12, 2009

There is a growing movement - or, more accurately, a growing feeling - that the day of the election poster is coming to an end. If it is though, what might replace it?

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What breed of Independent are you?

Thu, Mar 05, 2009

The American columnist Franklin P Adams wrote in 1944 that: “Elections are won by men and women chiefly because most people vote against somebody rather than for somebody.”

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Economics now engulf our politics

Thu, Mar 05, 2009

The Fianna Fáil Ard Fheis, recent opinion polls, and normal political activity are all being overshadowed by the perilous state of the economy. I have always believed that politics follows economics – to coin Bill Clinton’s phrase “It’s the economy, stupid”.

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Ó Neachtáin goes public on fear of Bonner candidacy

Thu, Mar 05, 2009

You have to feel sorry for Fianna Fáil North West MEP Sean Ó Neachtáin. He serves the party loyally in Galway and Europe and yet, when it comes to elections, HQ seem to be permanently trying to undermine him.

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No one is betting on any councillor just yet

Thu, Mar 05, 2009

While people talk about Billy Cameron, Brian Walsh, Declan McDonnell, Padraig Conneely, etc, as on course to keep their seats, people are unwilling to place any bets on the 2009 Local Elections just yet.

According to leading city bookmaker and Fine Gael councillor John Mulholland, until the final list of candidates is drawn up, nobody is willing to place money on who might get elected and how the parties might fare.

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Fianna Fáil in disarray in the county

Thu, Feb 26, 2009

The 2009 Local Election is little more than three months away and Fianna Fáil in Galway is in disarray.

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Fine Gael can’t pander to disaffected groups

Thu, Feb 26, 2009

After the disastrous rout in the 2002 General Election Fine Gael was reduced to 30 seats. They have since steadily rebuilt the party. Over recent months they have out-polled FF – the latest poll gave them a 10 point lead, albeit with a lower rating of 32 per cent. During the last election I predicted they could not win because they had simply too many seats to make up.

They now have a solid platform of more than 50 deputies. They got a good intake of new articulate TDs in 2007. Leo Varadkar, Lucinda Creighton, Dr James O’Reilly, and Kieran O’Donnell are all making a good impression.

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Fine Gael can’t pander to disaffected groups

Thu, Feb 26, 2009

After the disastrous rout in the 2002 General Election Fine Gael was reduced to 30 seats. They have since steadily rebuilt the party. Over recent months they have out-polled FF – the latest poll gave them a 10 point lead, albeit with a lower rating of 32 per cent. During the last election I predicted they could not win because they had simply too many seats to make up.

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Lucrative payments to TDs must go says Grealish

Thu, Feb 26, 2009

If the Government sees fit to introduce a pension levy on public sector workers, then it must also end the practice of paying ministerial pensions to sitting TDs.

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Can FG take two in Galway City East?

Thu, Feb 26, 2009

Fine Gael is pushing to win a second seat in Galway City West and the party is looking towards Cllr Brian Walsh to bring in one of his two running mates.

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Callanan edges closer to a decision to run again

Thu, Feb 26, 2009

Independent Cllr Daniel Callanan is coming ever closer to a final decision on whether or not he will run in June’s Local Election.

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Will Labour start to groom Colm Keaveney for national politics?

Thu, Feb 19, 2009

“Better red than dead” the English philosopher Bertrand Russell used to say, and for the Labour Party - if the recent The Irish Times/TNS MRBI poll is anything to go by - the phrase has never been more apt.

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Fianna Fáil’s fate

Thu, Feb 19, 2009

The decline in Fianna Fáil’s popularity since last June is unprecedented in the history of the party. The recent TNS/MRBI survey has tracked that support for the party has dropped from 42 per cent to 22 per cent over the past eight months. The leader’s satisfaction rating has declined from 52 per cent to 24 per cent. This presents an alarming prospect for all party members, supporters and especially candidates in the forthcoming local and European elections.

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Can FG take two in Galway City East?

Thu, Feb 19, 2009

Fine Gael is pushing to win a second seat in Galway City West and the party is looking towards Cllr Brian Walsh to bring in one of his two running mates.

Cllr Walsh is joined on the ticket by pharmacist Barra Nevin and taxi driver Frank Fahy. FG believes the candidates have a good ‘geographic spread’ throughout the ward and that this will encourage good transfers and maximise the vote.

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