Power now lies in hands of Lowry and Healy-Rae…

There is a part you that has to admire the cool with with Biffo and the boys of Fianna Fail take their knocks. Having your whole fiscal policy dictated by a virtual committee of the ECB and the IMF and fronting the toughest budget in many generations takes some doing. But as Miriam Lord notes in today’s Irish Times, the loss of Jim McDaid was already priced in by his erstwhile party colleagues. With the Greens keeping their nerve and …

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McDaid resigns: Another Donegal byelection adds pressure to Government..

Now here, on the face of it, is a bizarre move from Jim McDaid. Why now? And why resign the seat?  However it does makes things less complicated for Niall Blaney, and Sinn Fein’s Padraig MacLochlainn. That’s now four outstanding by elections to the Dail… It’s as though Oireachtas was making its own case that there are already too many representatives in Leinster House. Adds: So was he pushed? Or was this Dr Jim’s revenge ahead of what has to …

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