Region Archives: Ireland

First Leaders’ Debate – Where to now?

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Politics is a fast moving game. What’s done is done and you have to get on with things. After the first Leaders Debate last night on TV3/Newstalk all the Leaders will be pondering what they have to do for the next time. Here at Slugger O’Toole we are all heart. So Johnny Fallon has some more…

TV3 Vote 2016: Post leaders’ debate chat…

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POST DEBATE CHAT: Join David and Mick after the live on TV3 Leaders debate from 10.30 onwards. You can watch here on Slugger or bounce over to Blab.im and put in your own tuppence happenny worth…

#GE16 Cork SC: Still a hard core engine of the political mainstream…

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Cork South Central Current TDs Jerry Buttimer TD (Fine Gael), Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney TD (Fine Gael), Micheál Martin TD (Fianna Fáil), Michael McGrath TD (Fianna Fáil), Ciaran Lynch TD (Labour) Total seats in 2016 General Election: 4 The population of this constituency has been reduced by just over 17,000 with parts of Bishopstown, Glasheen, more…

#GE16 Wicklow – Sinn Féin to power through one of Ireland’s more motley fields…

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Wicklow Current TDs Stephen Donnelly TD (Social Democrats), Anne Ferris TD (Labour), Billy Timmins TD (Renua), Minister of State, Simon Harris TD (Fine Gael), Andrew Doyle (Fine Gael) Total seats in 2016 General Election: 5 This constituency remains unchanged by the most recent review and consists of the county of Wicklow and a couple of thousand more…

Sinn Féin decommission “Booby Sands” leaflet

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As the BBC Trending report notes As unfortunate typos go it could have hardly been worse. The Republic of Ireland is currently a few days into a general election campaign that is taking place amid the backdrop of the hundredth anniversary of the Easter 1916 rising. In one campaign leaflet, Mary Lou McDonald, the deputy more…

#GE16 Dublin North-West: Final seat a game of Finglas/Ballymun musical chairs…

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Dublin North-West Current TDs Roisin Shortall, Social Democrats (elected as Labour Party) John Lyons TD, Labour Dessie Ellis TD, Sinn Féin Total seats in 2016 General Election: 3 The boundary review added about 11,500 people to this constituency from Drumcondra and areas near the Botanic Gardens that were formerly in Dublin Central.     Main Areas: more…

#GE16: Phony fiscal space arguments and Sinn Fein’s centerist tack towards ‘sound money’ policies

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On Friday the radio decibels were ringing with the idea that somehow Fine Gael, Labour and Fianna Fail were ‘cooking the books’, as Sinn Fein finance spokesperson Pearse Doherty put it. What a coup for the party long dismissed as economic illiterates? The Journal declared Sinn Fein the unequivocal winner after the party showed them what more…

Adams seriously suggests putting jurors into a protection programme…

In the Times of London Irish edition he’s quoted thusly… “States throughout the world protect and value the basic right to a jury trial,” he said. “Juries must of course be protected in carrying out their work and this can be achieved in a number of ways including having an anonymous jury, screening the jury more…

Adams seriously suggests that Jurors could be put into a protection programme…

Interesting outworking of the Slab Murphy controversy. Sinn Fein’s position has been to suggest getting rid of the Republic’s Special Criminal Court (the juryless court which was responsible for convicting Murphy in a civil case). The new techniques which Mary Lou McDonald hinted at over the weekend appear to be putting jurors on what amounts to a more…

Politics for the Next Generation? Pupils’ Visions for Belfast’s Future at the 4 Corners Festival

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Are our young people apolitical or de-politicized? What do young people in Belfast think about the city and its future? These were among the questions raised when ninety sixth form pupils from 25 schools across Belfast gathered Friday at Ulster University to discuss the city’s future and to present their ideas to a ‘panel of listeners.’ more…

Voters have the opportunity to make history when they elect the 32nd Dáil

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Suzanne Collins is the Director of Campaigns and Operations for the organisation Women for Election.  As candidate selections continue apace for the Assembly elections in May, potential members of the 32nd Dáil are already out of the traps. As TDs hightailed it out of Leinster House on Wednesday morning, RTÉ correspondents caught up with some more…

#GE16 Laois: A week out from close of nominations, this looks like an ‘as you were’…

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Laois Current TDs  (The following were the Laois representatives elected in the Laois – Offaly constituency in 2011): Minister for Foreign Affairs, Charlie Flanagan TD (Fine Gael), Sean Fleming TD (Fianna Fáil) Brian Stanley TD (Sinn Féin) Total seats in 2016 General Election: 3 Main areas: Portlaoise – population 20,145 Portarlington – population 7,788 Mountmellick – more…