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An Ynys Môn by-election – a psephologist’s dream.

Wed 31 July 2013, 12:17pm

Tweet Tomorrow sees an Assembly by-election in Ynys Môn as Ieuan Wyn Jones seeks pastures new. (from the BBC). I won’t dream of predicting the result as Anglesey people taught thrawn to you lot… There’s only one rule that the islanders follow. Once elected you only lose by retiring, dying or being thrown in clink…. […] more »

SDLP chooses Patsy McGlone to contest Mid Ulster…

Fri 25 January 2013, 3:23pm

Tweet This is worth noting since it’s a smart choice. And the SDLP have not been known for those in recent years. McGlone has a sound rural base of voters, and a decent local machine. You can almost certainly rule out a win against SF veteran Francie Molloy. In the last Assembly elections Sinn Fein’s […] more »

McGuinness follows Adams to become Steward and Bailiff of the Manor of Northstead

Sun 30 December 2012, 11:34pm
Wide_951_Francie_Molloy

Tweet Updated with a photo of the letter. Six a half months after announcing that he would resign as MP for Mid-Ulster to concentrate on being deputy First Minister, Martin McGuinness today finally announced that he’d sent his letter to the Commons to kick of the process. Back in January 2011, Gerry Adams was disqualified […] more »

And the #belw11 winners were … Paul Maskey (26% of the electorate) and the EONI (165 minutes)

Fri 10 June 2011, 2:24am
Paul Maskey blowing out candles on a muffin - it's his birthday

Tweet It was going to be hard for either of them to trip up. Paul Maskey’s coronation to continue Sinn Fein’s reign in West Belfast would have required some kind of enormous scandal to have brewed up earlier this week to spoil his chances – and even the ongoing, rumbling Mary McArdle story wasn’t enough […] more »

The small matter of a Belfast West by-election #belw11 … and two questions

Thu 9 June 2011, 7:03pm

Tweet It’s difficult to get excited about the Westminster by-election. Polling stations have been open again across West Belfast for the second time in five weeks. This time, it’s a simple one-ballot first past the post election to see who will replace Gerry Adams TD in Westminster. The count will start soon after 10pm in […] more »

It’s all happening in Scotland..

Wed 8 June 2011, 1:26pm

Tweet Excellent stuff from Alan Trench in the Scotsman It’s difficult to choose specific quotes so read the lot….How the SNP are strategising for independence. And in the here and now: (from the BBC) A by-election In Inverclyde on June 30. I thought Labour might let things cool down a bit before calling this. (Held […] more »

Donegal SW: Runners and (expected) riders…

Thu 4 November 2010, 11:42am

Tweet So today the Irish government will move the writ for the Donegal SW. Wikipedia already has a page up and ready to go, with three candidates already named and ready to go: Frank McBrearty for Labour, Pearse Doherty for Sinn Fein and Barry O’Neill for Fine Gael. Its widely expected that the Fianna Fail […] more »

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