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Lucinda Creighton bringing Renua meeting home

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Claremorris native Lucinda Creighton is to hold the first public meeting in Mayo for her new political party, Renua Ireland, in her hometown next Tuesday (July 21). 

Confusion in council chamber over vote on Irish Water motion

Mayo County Council took not one, but two votes on what appeared on the surface to be the same motion last Monday and ended up with two different results.

Healy-Eames to battle FG attempts to throw her out of the party

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.

Padraig's rocky road in politics

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The memoir of former Fine Gael TD Padraic McCormack, which will be launched in Galway on Monday night, will give the public an insight into how difficult it is to succeed in politics, he says.

Walsh demotion opens way for Naughton

Brian Walsh’s expulsion from the Fine Gael parliamentary party, and possible expulsion from the party proper, could pave the way for former Mayor Hildegarde Naughton to become the FG candidate in the city at the next General Election.

Grealish demands free vote on abortion legislation

Political parties must allow a free vote on the forthcoming abortion legislation so TDs can “vote with their conscience and not according to the Party Whip”.

‘This could end my political career, but I believe it is the right thing’, says Walsh

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Brian Walsh knows his political career could come to a premature end over his stance on the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill, yet he is adamant he is doing “what I believe is right, ahead of political gain”.

Action on the sideline as intriguing as the game itself

Having been involved in team management for so long, I find myself drawn towards the action on the sideline as well as the football game itself. I am intrigued by the body language and the general dynamics of the managers who patrol the sidelines.

Eight-hour meeting and little change from draft to agreed budget

The elected members of Mayo County Council last week agreed on the budget for the council for the coming year. The €130 million budget was agreed after a meeting lasting over eight hours last Friday, and for the most part the meeting passed off without incident as the members picked over the facts and figures presented to them by the council officials. There were only a couple of incidents of political point scoring with Sinn Féin councillor Gerry Murray getting into an argument with Fine Gael councillor Patsy O’Brien over the way the Government is running the economy and cutting funding for services. The Fianna Fáil party also forced a vote, which was defeated, on a potential one per cent rate cut near the end of the meeting.

How will Budget 2012 really affect Irish politics?

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While the new FG/Labour coalition has had several big ‘set piece occasions’ since coming to power – the renegotiation of the EU/IMF agreement and the jobs initiative during the summer for example – last week’s Budget was always going to be a watershed moment.


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