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.
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 […]
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 […]
Sinn Fein says its spending proposals have been costed by the Department of Finance. The claim is true but misleading. They have been costed like a bookie costs a bet. If I ask a bookmaker for the financial implications of putting €10 on a 200-1 outsider, he will tell me that if it wins I […]
Fine Gael’s nine years in power looks to be at an end after two shock polls found they have been overtaken by Sinn Féin. With less than a week to go before next Saturday’s election, Fine Gael’s slogan ‘a future to look forward to’ does not appear be chiming with voters. And the party looks […]
Kilkenny man – Ireland’s EU Commissioner Phil Hogan – has been caught in the middle of an election row over comments he made this week about Brexit. Earlier this week, ahead of Britain’s formal departure from the EU on Friday, Mr Hogan said he is “very concerned” with what he saw in Ireland regarding Brexit […]
Unless opinion polls have been getting it badly wrong, the result of this General Election is unlikely to be very different from the outcome of the last one. In 2016, Fine Gael got just over 25% of the first preference vote and Fianna Fáil a little over 24%. Support for the two big parties has […]