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Fianna Fail

Face it – Anna Lo and the Alliance Party are the only show in town

Sat 22 March 2014, 3:51pm

Tweet Anna Lo’s  remarks  show how Alliance can still impale themselves on the old cleft stick.  Anna tilted in the right direction but overbalanced, provoking a bit of electoral frothing at the mouth by the usual suspects. Never mind.  She must be doing something right to attract 240 Slugger comments  even if many of them are private chats as […] more »

Fianna Fail sets 2019 as a target date for running in NI elections

Sat 22 March 2014, 7:08am
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Tweet And so it seems that Fianna Fail is to put its money where its attention has been for some time: Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has confirmed his party’s intention to stand for election in Northern Ireland in 2019. “I’ve set that as a target to field candidates,” he said. The party passed a […] more »

Fine Gael to consider contesting elections in the North #fgaf14

Sat 1 March 2014, 1:03pm

Tweet Interesting development from the Fine Gael Ard Fheis this weekend as the party’s delegates have passed a motion to set up a working group to consider the possibility of contesting elections in the North. The motion that was passed only states contesting elections at Local, European and Assembly elections but it will be interesting […] more »

Fianna Fail in Northern Ireland: “We have to be very incremental: it isn’t going to be a big bang.”

Tue 18 February 2014, 12:57pm
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Tweet Alex Kane has done a fascinating interview with Micheal Martin for the News Letter. He covers a lot more Northern Irish bases than he has before and makes it clear that his past interventions on policy are part of long slow iterative engagement with Northern Irish politics, which he hopes will grow into a […] more »

Micheal Martin: “For things to change in the North they require greater generosity and restraint”

Wed 5 February 2014, 2:04pm
Micheal Martin

Tweet Fascinating debate in the Dail right now. The Tainiste kicked off statements on the current situation in Northern Ireland by identifying three points he wants to see progress in: re-implementation of the Civic Forum; bringing forward the Bill Rightsl and the implimentation of an Irish language act. Here’s selections from Micheal Martin’s draft speech: […] more »

Polls-How have Irish political parties done throughout 2013 ?

Sun 22 December 2013, 7:27pm

Tweet It has been an eventful year in Irish politics as the country emerged from the bailout programme, held a referendum on the abolition of the Seanad and introduction of legislation on abortion rights. So, how have the parties been performing over the past year? I took a look at the various RedC polls that have […] more »

Former Labour Party chair applies to defect to Fianna Fail…

Tue 3 December 2013, 12:33pm

Tweet Interesting developments in the south. East Galway TD Colm Keaveney, the former chair of the Labour Party, has applied to join Fianna Fail (whose parliamentary are currently invovled in rapidly prepared meeting to discuss his application). Minister for Education Ruairi Quinn has expressed disappointment at news. Mr Quinn said the move was a personal […] more »

#Seanref and Northern nationalism’s missed opportunity.

Fri 4 October 2013, 10:23am

Tweet Today voters in the Irish Republic will head to the polls to decide whether to abolish their second chamber, the Seanad. This issue has dominated political debate in Dublin. The Fine Gael/Labour coalition, in alliance with Sinn Fein, has come out for abolishing Ireland’s second chamber. While the main opposition party, Fianna Fáil have […] more »

Wither the SDLP-Have they a future?

Sun 8 September 2013, 5:32pm

Tweet Conall McDevitt’s resignation from the assembly this week has provoked some debate about the future direction of the SDLP. With this in mind, I thought I would take this issue head on and ask the crucial question do the SDLP even have a future? When you take a look at the figures of every […] more »

“…ridiculous for Sinn Fein to tell people they have a strategy but it’s, y’know, nod, nod, wink, wink?”

Wed 21 August 2013, 2:51pm

Tweet Brian Feeney is on form today in the Irish News (£). He’s taken the time to read Micheal Martin’s long (and policy detailed) speech at the Merriman School. His conclusions are less than complimentary… At various times Sinn Fein ministers have been in a position to present an agenda for all Ireland development and […] more »

Alex Kane on how Unionism can learn from Sinn Féin

Mon 22 July 2013, 4:22pm

Tweet Are we seeing more signposts to the future of unionism today? The Newsletter’s Alex Kane has a piece out on “Unionism can learn from Sinn Féin” while it appears to suggest that, in reality, it is currently trying to learn from Fianna Fáil. Kane trots out the same line about ‘cultural war’ that was […] more »

Irish Government does have detailed documents around the bank guarantee scheme after all…

Tue 9 July 2013, 11:06am

Tweet One for the archives, I guess. The Journal have had some information given them by Fianna Fail, which seems to run contrary to the Taoiseach’s claim that there are no documents in his possession which explain the rationale of the bank guarantee scheme that was rushed through the Dail in September 2008… Of the […] more »

Conned

Sat 6 July 2013, 9:09am
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Tweet Unnerving. This is a must read in today’s Irish Times. It was originally printed last week in the German newspaper ‘Süddeutsche Zeitung’. Entitled, ‘Conned’: a German view of Ireland, it gives an insight into the ‘conning’ of Ireland – over several decades – by its political masters with some added comment and footnotes by […] more »

Latest Polls: FF slumps in the city and amongst the young and the indebted…

Tue 2 July 2013, 10:25pm
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Tweet At the weekend, Fiach Kelly of the Irish Indo, noted that in the two weekend polls at the weekend, there was only one mover in one (RED C)… Fianna Fail is down from 26pc to 22pc, while Fine Gael is up from 26pc to 28pc, and back on top after a period when they […] more »

#Anglotapes: If they saw the enormity of it up front, they might decide they have a choice.

Tue 25 June 2013, 9:28am

Tweet Following the release of tapes of Anglo staff discussing how they present their case for support, in the lead up to the bank guarantee, there are more revelations in todays Irish Independent (which has been breaking the story). You can listen to the tapes via the Indo’s website (at the links above), but here […] more »

Why any near term coalition between FF and SF is unlikely…

Thu 23 May 2013, 9:12am

Tweet World By Storm has come to the following conclusion... …it is very very unlikely that while the FF party has a heartbeat, so to speak, that it will enter into a unity government with FG. Indeed the very most that might occur would be a sort of reverse ‘Tallaght strategy’. And as demonstrated by […] more »

Fianna Fail’s ‘new’ leader building for a ‘new era’ Fianna Fail?

Mon 29 April 2013, 5:34pm

Tweet So, beige says Miriam of the Fianna Fail leader’s closing speech to his party’s Ard Fheis. Not wrong, of course. Steady as she goes, the weekend’s national conference was business like and not prone to much in the way of story telling or narrative. More like a business meeting, in fact. If anything the […] more »

Martin opens the Fianna Fáil Ard Fheis with some hints of the game ahead…

Sat 27 April 2013, 9:06am

Tweet At the Fianna Fail Ard Fheis, nodding through the officers on the volume of applause from delegates was new to me. Then again, Fianna Fail evidently likes its leaders to lead rather than follow polls or focus groups. But the reality of running a modern political party is rather different. As the Sussex University […] more »

Micheál Martin: Legacy of 1916 is to build rather than to divide the Irish nation…

Sun 21 April 2013, 1:01pm

Tweet Just out of embargo, here’s today’s speech from the Fianna Fail leader made just now at Arbour Hill church, where the leaders of the 1916 Easter Rising were buried. The added emphases are mine: Every state should take time to commemorate and celebrate the people and events of their founding. This commemoration is organised […] more »

Eighty years later Sinn Fein belatedly attempts Dev’s transformation

Sat 13 April 2013, 1:18pm

Tweet Great piece by Harry McGee in the Irish Times which raises some critical questions that may be exercising Sinn Fein delegates in Castlebar today.. Sinn Féin is not experiencing a New Departure, rather a long drawn-out process of change – mainstreaming, as we inelegantly describe it. As evidenced by the rapid growth of Fianna […] more »

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