Last week, when the country took its first steps towards lockdown, I was glad the message came from Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, not Taoiseach Micheál Martin or Taoiseach Mary Lou McDonald. I do not mean to disparage these leaders; I am sure they would have handled the task well. But a new government and a new taoiseach […]
TD after TD stood up in the Dail last week and declared that the people had spoken. Many said the verdict of the electorate was clear. Absolutely clear, said Brendan Howlin. Totally clear, said Pearse Doherty. Really? I don’t think so. The people have spoken but, so far as clarity goes, they might have been talking in the language of the ancient Aztecs or Incas.
The country is facing serious crises that need immediate attention and cannot be put on the long finger as rival parties scramble to form a new government, Kilkenny TD John McGuinness said today. Speaking on his way into the first Fianna Fáil parliamentary party meeting since the bombshell 2020 General Election, Deputy McGuinness said the […]
Newly re-elected Sinn Fein TD for Waterford David Cullinane has defended shouting “up the RA” to supporters at at an event celebrating his 20,000-vote victory. In a video from a post-election rally, Mr Cullinane said: “Up the Republic, Up the ‘Ra. Tiocfaidh ár Lá.” In the video he tells the supporters that one of the ten […]
The sweeping electoral success of Sinn Féin has dealt the party a winning hand when it comes to forming a government. There are three probable options. Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and some independents form a grand coalition. Sinn Féin and Fianna Fáil form a government or work together in some variation on confidence and supply. There is another general election.
It’s all to play for with five candidates still in with a shout of taking the three remaining seats in the Carlow-Kilkenny constituency. Just two seats were filled after six rounds of counting last night. Kathleen Funchion topped the poll in spectacular fashion after she recieved 17,493 first preference votes. She was followed by Fianna […]
Just one TD has still been elected to represent Carlow-Kilkenny in the 33rd Dáil after the fourth count in the local General Election 2020 poll. Traditional poll topper John McGuinness, now on 11,622 votes, is just a whisker short of the 12,274 quota to confirm his re-election to Dáil Éireann. Independent candidiate Alan Hayes, a […]
Outspoken Kilkenny TD John McGuinness piled the pressure on Micheál Martin again after he challenged his party leader to speak to Fine Gael and Sinn Fein about forming a new Government. Speaking as he was looking set to claim the second seat in the Carlow-Kilkenny constituency at the count centre tonight, Deputy McGuinness urged Fianna […]
The posters are up, the debates are done and dusted and the canvassers have pounded the pavement which means the only thing left to do is vote. But Kilkenny people are being urged to get out and vote early as Met Éireann are expecting the weather to take a major turn for the worst. The […]
‘All politics is local’ was the maxim of Tip O’Neill, Speaker of the US House of Representatives. That’s certainly true in Ireland where some TDs have trouble seeing beyond their own back yard. Balancing national interests with local needs can be difficult but John McGuinness has done it throughout his career. The Fianna Fáil TD […]