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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 »

Micheál Martin in Belfast: “There is nothing inevitable about peace and progress”

Wed 27 February 2013, 7:58pm

Tweet This evening, Micheál Martin gave the following speech to Queens University Politics Society and Ógra Fianna Fáil in the Canada Room that was by all accounts was pretty packed to the gills. It’s long and detailed, and picks out some policy areas (not least north south development) where Martin argues there has been a shortfall […] more »

Millward Brown Poll: Scary buns for Fine Gael?

Sat 16 February 2013, 9:32pm
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Tweet No polls for a while then three or four come along at once. News broke tonight of the Sunday Independent’s Millward Brown poll.. MB have done a few polls on politics for the Sindo, but the last comparative poll that I have figures for was last May… These figures are proportions of voters after […] more »

Fine Gael drop back towards Ireland’s large political peloton

Mon 11 February 2013, 9:01pm

Tweet Let’s get one thing straight, polls do not increase or decrease the size of a political party. They are nere snapshots of opinion, not predictors of the future. So whilst Sinn Fein was never the second largest party in the state, neither is Fianna Fail currently the largest. Of course both, if trends continue, are […] more »

Zombie Republic of Ireland (2010-2013)

Wed 6 February 2013, 11:34pm

Tweet Tonight, on #promnight, the winding-up has been announced of the Zombie Republic of Ireland, formed in 2010 when the former sovereign state became a ward of the Bundestag’s finance committee. The end-of-life processes of the former Republic were accompanied by rushed late night decision-making and ill-considered legislation. The death notice, issued from ECB President Jean-Claude Trichet, has never been made public. The zombie successor state was artificially kept in an animated state […] more »

Micheál Martin – opportunism and cynicism of the very worst kind

Sun 20 January 2013, 10:48am

Tweet The award for opportunist of the week must surely go to Micheál Martin. His hastily written opinion piece in Wednesdays Irish News was a timely reminder of Fianna Fáil’s cynical approach to both the peace process and to politics. For weeks Belfast city centre has been brought to a standstill by illegal loyalist blockades. […] more »

Micheál Martin: “If the Executive is not making progress on child poverty, or economic inactivity, or sectarianism”

Wed 16 January 2013, 11:59am
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Tweet Okay, so one of the good things about a political crisis in Northern Ireland that it draws a multiplicity views on our general situation (riots will always divide opinion). Not all of that has been bad by any means. Allan Massie in the Scotsman is generally sanguine about Northern Ireland’s future, if not David […] more »

Fianna Fail lining up former TDs to run in the next local elections…

Mon 7 January 2013, 12:55pm

Tweet I thought this snippet from the end of last week worth noting… Niall O’Connor reports that Fianna Fail are calling on some of its younger veterans to run in next year’s local elections… Ex-ministers Barry Andrews and Sean Connick are two of the highest-profile names linked with a run at the locals. Former TDs Margaret […] more »

Red C Poll: The trend lines between FG and FF softly narrowing…

Mon 3 December 2012, 12:33pm

Tweet The most interesting aspect of yesterday’s Red C poll, was the 80 plus per cent in favour of legislating on the circumstances in which an abortion might be legally reformed in the Republic. That would put some pure green (not to mention socially liberal) water between the north and the south on the matter. […] more »

Fianna Fail slowly clamber back into the southern game…

Wed 21 November 2012, 1:44pm
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Tweet I missed the latest Behaviours and Attitudes poll for the Sunday Times at the weekend, but to compensate, here’s Adrian Cavanagh’s tracking post which shows a clear movement in FF’s poll rating: Fine Gael 30% (down 1%), Labour 12% (down 2%), Fianna Fail 22% (up 6%), Sinn Fein 14% (down 4%), Green Party 3% […] more »

Micheál Martin: “As a Republican I feel an obligation to make my contribution to the debate…”

Fri 9 November 2012, 6:29pm

Tweet Micheál Martin’s interview with Mark Carruthers on The View last night is interesting viewing. Not least at the point (about here) where Carruthers mentions Gerry Adams’ dismissal of the Fianna Fail’s interventions as being driven by a concern for politics in the south. I’ve no doubt that the general thrust of Adams statement is […] more »

Northern powersharing is faring better than the southern version, says Emerson. Can this be right?

Sun 28 October 2012, 1:02pm

Tweet In the Sunday Times,(£) Newton Emerson, apparently unabashed at being dropped by the BBC,  strikes a counterintuitive note by offering a few words of  support to the powersharing Executive at the expense of that other coalition in Dublin. Ignoring the recent Kearney-Robinson dingdong, he bounces his critique off Micheal Martin’s Bodenstown speech deploring the southern […] more »

“The peace process was always intended to be about more than an absence of violence…”

Mon 22 October 2012, 2:16pm

Tweet Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin’s criticism of the Irish Government’s ‘complacency’ over Northern Ireland echoes that of the Labour Party’s Vernon Coaker in regard to the UK Government.  And that was more a disagreement on strategy, rather than a difference of opinion on the problems with the NI administration – as outlined in July by former NI […] more »

“…this DUP attempt to shift responsibility to Dublin, is a fiction too far.”

Tue 25 September 2012, 8:31am

Tweet Fascinating OpEd in yesterday’s Irish News from Fianna Fail leader Micheál Martin. It’s the first time since I remember that a senior political leader in the Republic has taken the gloves off with anyone in Northern Ireland, let alone the First and deputy First Minister. So what is it that’s got his goat? Nothing […] more »

Fianna Fail and Sinn Fein battle it out for title of leader of the Irish opposition

Wed 19 September 2012, 3:53pm

Tweet So did anyone see the great Micheal V Gerry fight on PrimeTime last night? RTE billed it as the ‘who truly is the leader of the Opposition?‘ gig. But at the end of the day it turned out to be a bit of a damp squib. As Mary Murphy notes in the pre roll […] more »

Why rumours of Sinn Fein’s omnipotence may be being greatly exaggerated…

Thu 7 June 2012, 9:38am
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Tweet When Tuesday night’s Prime Time feature on Sinn Fein aired on RTE there was nearly a civil war on Twitter. Sinn Fein supporters were punching the air whilst everyone else was grumping that Miriam (of all people) had gone soft on Donegal North East TD Padraig MacLochlainn. One particular party highlight was the view […] more »

Do the govt need a No vote in #euref…

Wed 30 May 2012, 1:06am

Tweet ..and, to provide similar political cover, does the No side need a Yes vote? The only thing that is clear from the lead-up to the referendum on Thursday is that neither the changing political and economic context of the Austerity/Stabilitytreaty nor it’s relatively bland content has really generated much energy, despite the ramifications of ratification. The value […] more »

#EUREF: Sentiment swings towards a Yes vote (whilst FF and SF consolidate)…

Mon 14 May 2012, 1:15pm

Tweet The only extraordinary thing about yesterday’s Red C poll results for the SBP, was the clear swing towards Yes, by six per cent age points. That’s probably reflective of a poor campaign thus far, and the degree of uncertainty thrown up by the chaos in Greece… And, as Stephen Collins noted on Saturday: …far […] more »

Fine Gael need to get themselves a good public sector legacy on reform..

Sun 1 April 2012, 7:35pm
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Tweet I’ve heard two angles on the issue of the over neglected issue of political reform… One, Brendan Keenan on Marian Finucane this morning suggested that since Fine Gael shows little appetite for anything other than rescuing the country from economic doom, Fianna Fail might use a rejuvenated reform agenda as a powerful ticket back […] more »

‘Dropping Bertie’ also denudes Fianna Fail of the very best of its recent history…

Sun 25 March 2012, 11:53am

Tweet Even if Bertie Ahern’s resignation offers Micheal Martin a useful tribal head on a plate, Noel Whelan notes that it also robs the party of some of the best of its recent history: Ahern led Fianna Fáil for 14 of the last 17 years. He has defined the party in the modern age and […] more »

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