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There is an outdated assumption that formulating a party’s ticket for an election is a straightforward process.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.
The catastrophic collapse of Fianna Fáil’s support at the last general election saw the party lose half of its seats in Galway as it nose-dived to the worst electoral result in its illustrious history.
A fourth Independent candidate is to run in Galway City Central, with Cormac Ó Corcoráin set to campaign on greater levels of support and protection for small businesses in the city.
John Mulholland and Keith Finnegan recently discussed the bookmaker’s odds for all the local election candidates across the city on Galway Bay FM.
Seeing the occasional poster of a local election candidate advertising public meetings on various issues of concern, Insider noted that, within a month’s time, towns, villages, and the countryside will be radically altered as the election poster blitz takes hold.
“It smacks of ‘Candle In The Wind’ by Elton John!” the source said. “Colm Keaveney is all over the shop. I don’t know of anybody in Fianna Fáil who agrees with this.”
Brian Walsh’s re-admittance to the Fine Gael parliamentary party and the favour of the Taoiseach took another step forward during the latter’s recent visit to the city.
Fine Gael will hold its 2014 Local Election selection convention for Connemara tomorrow FR at 8.30pm in The Boat Inn, Oughterard.
Efforts are under way to expel controversial senator Fidelma Healy-Eames from Fine Gael and force her to hand over her membership card — however the Galwegian could become a symbol for tensions within the party over the current leadership.
dissidents Dep Brian Walsh and Sen Fidelma Healy-Eames have been stripped of their status within the organisation by a party HQ determined to reduce them to the lowest grade of membership.