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 […]
A Kilkenny TD has called on the Government to double child benefit payments to working parents to ease the financial burden caused by the Covid-19 emergency. Sinn Féin poll topper Kathleen Funchion said the spread of the coronavirus will hit many hard-pressed parents in the pocket. Deputy Funchion said: “I would ask the department to […]
A Kilkenny TD is calling for the creation of an Oireachtas Autism Committee to be made a priority while the nation waits for a government to be formed. Sinn Féin TD Kathleen Funchion has written to the Ceann Comhairle Seán O’Fearghail asking that the establishment of an all-party Oireachtas Committee on Autism be prioritised over […]
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 […]
‘Up the Ra’ sounds like a jolly sort of cry, the sort of thing you might playfully shout in support of your favourite football team. A good friend of mine had her life destroyed by the jolly old Ra. She was shopping in Belfast when a bomb they had planted blew her across the street. […]
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 […]