As you were for the Greens?

Thu, Oct 02, 2008

On Monday The Green Party unveiled its election team for the 2009 local elections - the first political party in Galway to do so. However the party look unlikely to make any increase on the one seat it secured in 2004.

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Paul Osikoya breaks new ground again

Thu, Oct 02, 2008

Nigerians Paul Osikoya and Tokie Lotan broke new ground in Galway politics when they became the first non-nationals to run for elections to the Galway City Council in 2004.

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Water crisis should force Galway to have a re-think

Thu, Oct 02, 2008

The lead drinking water crisis is the city’s second such crisis in a year. While we are told it is confined to specific areas, it is still a cause for concern because it has even more serious implications for public health than cryptosporidium.

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Who will survive the race in Galway City Central?

Thu, Sep 18, 2008

In horse racing parlance it could be said that contenders are in the dip but have not turned into the straight yet and, in what has been forecast as the most competitive of all Wards, Galway City Central should prove to be the mother of all gallops.

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Will Dana answer God’s calling and stand for Europe again?

Thu, Sep 18, 2008

Perhaps it says something about Irish politicians and the Irish public’s attitude to the EU that not one mention has been made in recent times of next year’s European Elections.

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‘Status quo position’ on the economy and election strategies are ‘not acceptable’, Cowen tells Galwa

Thu, Sep 18, 2008

New strategies must be adopted on both the economy and in next year’s local elections as “the status quo position” and the old methods are no longer acceptable in the current climate. This was the message Taoiseach Brian Cowen delivered this week at his press conference in Galway.

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Galway City Central is ‘ready made’ for a Quinn comeback

Thu, Sep 18, 2008

The new Galway City Central ward is “ready made for a Martin Quinn comeback” according to the former mayor who is seeking to be a Fianna Fáil candidate in the next local elections.

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A rough guide to Galway City West Ward

Thu, Sep 11, 2008

The new local election ward of Galway City West - formerly and confusingly known as the South Ward - is located around Salthill, Knocknacarra, and the Claddagh. This ward now has a new section adjacent to Taylor’s Hill.

The sitting councillors are Donal Lyons (PD), Catherine Connolly (Ind), John Mulholland (FG) and Niall Ó Brolcháin (Green).

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Polls don't influence our selection of candidates says FF general secretary

Thu, Sep 11, 2008

Fianna Fail top brass stated yesterday that they do not allow any polls, whether commissioned or not, to set their agenda when it comes to selecting candidates for elections.

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October to be a red letter month for some FFers

Thu, Sep 11, 2008

October was a significant date for the Soviets as the October Revolution of 1917 overthrew the Russian provisional government and eventually led to the creation of the Soviet Union in 1922.

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Labour to run six candidates in the city

Thu, Sep 11, 2008

It is not just Fianna Fáil that wants to make a comeback in Galway City West, Labour are also determined to regain a seat here in the 2009 Local Elections.

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Anyone willing to don a Blueshirt?

Thu, Sep 11, 2008

Perhaps in a fit of enthusiasm Fianna Fáil members with aspirations have put Whitesnake’s Ready an’Willing on repeat on their iPods. There are certainly plenty of people ready and willing to run for Fianna Fáil at the next local elections.

Fine Gael however are wondering if too many of their members have been taking Frank Sinatra’s 1959 album No One Cares a little too seriously. The party is finding it difficult to get people interested in running for election to City Hall in 2009 and to compound matters its selection convention is due to be held within the next six weeks or so.

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Could John Connolly be Ó Cuív’s successor?

Thu, Sep 04, 2008

As is traditional nowadays, the various political parties converge on a chosen hotel at an appropriate venue prior to the recommencement of Dáil hostilities.

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Don’t bet on me to run again, said Callanan

Thu, Sep 04, 2008

While Independent Cllr Daniel Callanan has been on the record for the past 18 months that he will not seek re-election to the Galway City Council, the belief persists that he will be a candidate next year.

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Mountbellew to host its 104th show next week

Thu, Sep 04, 2008

The 104th annual Mountbellew Agricultural Show will take place on September 13.

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Calm before the storm — The fun kicks off in September

Thu, Aug 14, 2008

The parties will all tell you they’re shattered after the last two years – and to tell the truth so are many of the political journalists’ said one hack on radio recently when asked how the politicians can find it in them to justify their lengthy summer break!

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Interesting times for Cann and Dec — Galway’s two party leaders

Thu, Aug 14, 2008

The next few months will prove to be career-defining times in the lives of Galway’s two party leaders.

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The perfect running mate

Thu, Aug 07, 2008

No doubt all you political junkies who tune into these pages weekly have seen the very successful series on TG 4 called The Running Mate — all sitting politicians have a variety known as the perfect one. They exist to keep the incumbent in and their selection and placement on the ticket involved some very skillful old style convention rigging. From what Insider understands, picking a fool to run with you is a sport that's about to be made extinct.

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Galway poster ban welcomed by hungry newspaper owners?

Thu, Aug 07, 2008

The suggestion this week by the dashing Neil McNeilis that all political posters should be banned in the city during next year’s local elections is one that will be welcomed in all sectors — especially as it will mean that there won’t be any pictures of red-faced jowly councillors glaring down on all those sailors who will hit town next year for the Volvo Ocean Race.

The move will mean that posters won’t be left up for months fluttering in the post-eelction winds when their owners will have forgotten about them in the joy of victory or the lows of defeat.

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Adjustments and arguments

Thu, Jul 31, 2008

AS THE Galway Races gets under way the latest Fianna Fáil ‘cutback’ - or ‘adjustment’ if you prefer - will be obvious to one and all. The Fianna Fáil tent is no more. Is this a sign of the times or just a sensible move by new Taoiseach Brian Cowen?

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