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Why Joan Burton is the best choice for Labour leader

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Insider is, this week, looking at the contest for the Labour leadership, from a Labour perspective, in the aftermath of what was a disastrous election for the party in which it lost three seats on the Galway City Council.

Kilcoyne the star of the show in Castlebar

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Where did it all go wrong is what the Fine Gael party faithful will be trying to figure out over the next few weeks as they saw their seats in the county town drop from four to two over the weekend. One man who won’t be asking that question is Independent Cllr Michael Kilcoyne who topped the poll with an amazing 2,921 votes, a massive 1,210 first preference votes over the quota of 1,711. From not long after the boxes were opened and spilled across the counting tables in the Royal Theatre in Castlebar early on Saturday morning, there was never any doubt that Kilcoyne was going to top the poll, it was only a matter of by how much. When he was elected on the first count, he was the first councillor in Ireland elected in this year’s local elections, but he had to wait until the early hours of Tuesday morning for the official declaration of election after the recount of the Castlebar papers had been concluded. More on that below.

FF and Independents to catch up on FG in the county?

Fine Gael looks set to continue its current dominance of Galway County Council, but Fianna Fáil and Independents are set to have a solid election and may even narrow the gap with the governing party.

Galway City East - odds are good for a first SF seat since 2004

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John Mulholland and Keith Finnegan recently discussed the bookmaker’s odds for all the local election candidates across the city on Galway Bay FM.

Labour office may change hands but won’t close

Rumours in Mullingar that the Labour constituency office on Bishopgate Street was going to close were quickly snuffed out this week by one of its oldest professional residents.

Socialism 2014 day school

Socialism 2014, a Galway day school on socialist ideas, takes place in the Imperial Hotel, Eyre Square, this Saturday from 10.30pm to 5pm.

Open forum for farmers on CAP and other farming issues

An opportunity for Westmeath farmers to get the latest, most up-to-date position on the detail of the CAP (Common Agricultural Policy) changes and other issues will take place today (Friday January 24) when MEP Mairead McGuinness will be guest speaker at an open forum.

Chambers claims delay on decision of pylon routes is purely political

Fianna Fáil Castlebar area representative Lisa Chambers has hit out at the decision to delay the route selection for the Eirgrid project until after the local and European elections as a political decision, rather than a practical one. The local elections hopeful said this week: "It’s clear that Fine Gael and Labour realise how politically sensitive the pylon issue is for people all over the country, and candidates for next May's elections are obviously worried about the impact the Eirgrid project will have on their campaigns."

Farmer-friendly agri workshops needed

MEP Marian Harkin has called for the introduction of farmer friendly workshops to explain how the new Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) will affect them. “Instead of overloading our farmers with documentation, inspections, and fines it would be more productive if our department of agriculture held information workshops where farmers could get personalised information on how the new CAP will affect them,” she said.

Troika exit must lead to people focused economy

During the last General Election, I will never forget calling to a door, where a woman twice my age broke down, not just in tears but in sheer despair. Her entire retirement savings in bank shares were wiped out and she knew she wasn’t far from leaving the workforce.

 

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