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  • Who’s sorry now?

    October 30, 2011 @ 6:24 pm | by Mary Minihan

    When the result of an election becomes obvious early on the day of the count, the lower-polling candidates had better watch out lest they become the talking point of the day. Step forward Fine Gael candidate Gay Mitchell. (more…)

  • If you’re explaining, you’re losing: the presidential campaign of 2011

    October 29, 2011 @ 10:50 am | by Deaglán de Bréadún


    What are your stand-out memories of the presidential election? (more…)

  • The Tweet that was heard all round the world

    October 28, 2011 @ 3:23 pm | by Harry McGee

    I have an ambiguous relationship with Twitter. For those who follow politics, like me, on a day like today – during a presidential election count – it is peerless. It is the modern equivalent of tickertape. You are updated on events and figures that haven’t even happened yet! (more…)

  • Labour can’t wait

    @ 1:21 pm | by Mary Minihan

    One of Labour’s Dublin South-East TDs Kevin Humphreys, tallying at the RDS, summed up the feeling in his party’s camp today: ‘To win a byelection and the presidency when you’re in Government: spectacular!’ (more…)

  • Taking the first tentative steps out of a violent relationship that has lasted a lifetime

    October 19, 2011 @ 4:58 pm | by Mary Minihan


    I’ve lost count of the number of presidential debates organised by various groups that have taken place by this stage, but one good thing that can come out of them is the attention they can give to the hosting organisation.


  • Martin McGuinness already in the driving seat?

    October 14, 2011 @ 2:01 pm | by Mary Minihan

    Did you know that President Mary McAleese’s garda driver’s name is…Martin McGuinness! (more…)

  • Sean Gallagher tops ‘exit poll’

    October 12, 2011 @ 2:05 pm | by Mary Minihan

    Just wanted to share this quick ‘exit poll’ that was taken after a presidential debate this morning.

    Six of the seven presidential candidates took part. Independent Senator David Norris had another commitment. After the debate, the audience was handed a ‘ballot card’ featuring pictures of the seven candidates and the question: “Following on from this morning’s Presidential Forum on Employment, which candidate is best poised to support job creation and address the issue of employment in Ireland?”

    Audience members were encouraged to rank each candidate from 1-7, “where 1 is the best”. The results were: Sean Gallagher (Ind) 62%; Michael D Higgins (Lab) 13%; Martin McGuinness (SF) 9%; Mary Davis (Ind) 8%; Gay Mitchell (FG) 6%; Dana Rosemary Scallon (Ind) 2%. Norris got zero, but then he hadn’t taken part. A total of 199 ballots were received.

    The event was hosted by Sigmar Recruitment in association with The Irish Times at the Royal College of Physicians on Kildare Street in Dublin from 7.30am (early start!). The audience was invited. I wrote up a quick report on the debate this morning, which you can see here http://bit.ly/p217U9

    When I tweeted the results (my handle is @minihanmary) I got some interesting responses, including:
    “Everywhere I go people are voting for him. He is a real player now and still has the first lady to unleash” (from @DenisCrowley)
    “I have a sinking feeling that he is actually going to win the bloody election.” (@Johnm2501)
    “Not altogether surprising in an audience made up almost entirely of business people” (@SeamusConboy)
    “A 199 is hardly representative Mary & much less considering the voter were already of a certain “way of thinking”" (@Whistlinpaddy)
    “Immigration imminent.” (@Niallofcork)

    What do you think?

  • Stunning changes in latest The Irish Times poll on Presidential election

    October 5, 2011 @ 9:01 pm | by Harry McGee

    Snapshots in time and all as they are, there is nothing like an opinion poll to set tongues wagging.

    Especially when it is one that shows trends that are stunning, verging on jaw-dropping. (more…)

  • State of Play in Race for the Áras

    @ 1:31 pm | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    The presidential campaign is proving to be a great distraction from the cutbacks and other tough measures in preparation as part of the forthcoming Budget. The Government must be delighted.


  • An attack as subtle as a ton of bricks

    October 3, 2011 @ 1:07 pm | by Harry McGee

    I am sure of one thing. Fine Gael’s coordinated attack on Martin McGuinness over the past two days will have two effects. Number One. Martin McGuinness’s support won’t go down. Number Two. Gay Mithcell’s support won’t go up. (more…)

  • Bonfire of the Presidential Inanities

    @ 12:16 pm | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    That was the week that was! The last days before close of nominations were a mad scramble for Norris and Dana. Your humble blogging scribe was present at South Dublin County Council in Tallaght when Fine Gael and some Labour people voted down the Norris bid. (more…)

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