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

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 people from east Carlow around the villages of Hackettstown and Rathvilly. Main Areas: Bray – population 31,872 Greystones – population 17,468 Arklow – population 13,009 … Read more

GE11 preview from the south-east: Wicklow

I’m going to try and fit in previews of the unfashionable constituencies in the south-east for the general election (you will barely spot them, or the candidates, in the headline debates). Nineteen of the one hundred and sixty-five Dáil seats are located in four constituencies covering five counties. One constituency where the strengths and weaknesses of the various political groupings are going to be writ large is Wicklow, which I’ll deal with first. A five-seater, it returned 2 FF, 2 FG and 1 Labour in … Read more

Parnell Summer School and those damned ‘interwebs’…

Later today I’m going to be at the launch of the Parnell Summer School at Buswell’s in Dublin. I’ve been very kindly invited to give this year’s keynote speech in August. Working title: “New media, politics and culture: Can we ever fix what the Internet seems to have broken?” The core line of my argument is roughly that the new media revolution is actually about culture, not technology. And most of the distress arising from its shift relates to people not fully … Read more