Rumour, Speculation, hot air.
I’ve just finished a bit of punditing on one of the radio stations, in which I dispensed what knowledge I have (not very much) of what’s going on in Brian Cowen’s mind. (more…)
The writs have been moved to fill the two vacancies in the Seanad.
There will be an election for both but it will be an election confined to the Oireachtas. So the seats wi go to Fianna Fail which is fair enough as both were Fianna Fail seats.
Essentially they will be Fianna Fail nominations. Eoin Ryan must be a contender. So too must one or two of the rising stars: Averill Power comes to mind, though others will point to the fact that she failed to win a council seat in June
Blogger Dan Sullivan, an authority on these matters, emailed me recently to point out that even if FF winthe next election, they have done so badly in the locals that they can’t muster a majority in the Upper House, even with the Taoiseach’s 11 nominations. Interesting times!
* Addendum. There are three vacancies in the Seanad, two created by the death of Tony Kett and the election of Alan Kelly to Europe. The third only happened last weekend, when Senator Peter Callanan from Clonakilty died suddenly.
Having been around Leinster House today, several names have come out. You can’t rule out the Greens getting Kelly’s seat but I’d say that FF will go for it. Other FF names who may get the nod are: Shay Brennan (an obvious choice after undertaking a thankless task in Dublin South); another son, Michael Smith, son of the epynomous Michael in Tipp North; a daughter, Cllr Mary Fitzpatrick, daughter of former Dublin Central TD, Dr Dermot Fitzpatrick.
The Green who would be the most likely is its only newly-elected councillor, Mark Dearey in Co Louth.
Well it looks like the dirty tricks of the property boom didn’t entirely pass the Greens by.
For what we saw unravel over the past couple of days was a delicious example of adroit political gazumping.
I thought that support for a Yes vote in the second Lisbon referendum later this year would be higher. But the 52 per cent revealed in today’s poll (see story here) indicates to me that it’s all over bar the shouting.
Mary Lou McDonald said today that the poll was taken before the campaign has even started, or before the issues have been determined/thrashed out. (more…)
…No, not Brian Cowen’s speech. Or even Noel Dempsey’s sulphuric warm-up act. Or Mary Hanafin’s impressive act. Or the worrying age profile. Or the subdued atmosphere. Or the extraordinary profile given to Dublin City Council candidate Averill Power over the course of the weekend. No it is this… (more…)
I met Brian Cowen in the corridor at Leinster House last night (corridors of power and all that). We exchanged pleasantries but afterwards I realised I had completely forgotten to ask him, When Are You Giving Your State of the Nation Address? I bet my excellent colleague Harry McGee would have remembered, since he has been on this story for some time now. (more…)