Category Archives: General Election 2016

Kildare North: A Count Scenario (7 Days To Election)

As we are a week out from the general election date, allow me to present a thought experiment. Here’s how I think that Catherine Murphy, Bernard Durkan, James Lawless and Réada Cronin become TD’s, based on some pondering on the … Continue reading

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Fares (7 Days To Election)

Let me tell you guys something: whoever and wherever you are, you are paying too much for public transport. At the moment, in order to go to and from a job where I earn less than if I was not … Continue reading

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Kildare North: The Curious Case Of RTE And The Missing Candidate

RTE News aired a short piece on Kildare North yesterday, around ten minutes, whizzing through the different candidates and issues, before two separate analysts trotted out the exact same predictions. It was the standard low-intensity affair you’d expect of a … Continue reading

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Kildare North: Emmet Stagg (Labour) (8 Days To Election)

And so, the other government candidate. It’s fair to say that Labour have endured a torrid time in government, and their electoral prospects look grim, but perhaps their Kildare North man can buck that trend. Emmet Stagg is a sitting … Continue reading

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Religious School Admissions (9 Days To Election)

I haven’t been within state provided education for over ten wonderful years at this point. I went to a dilapidated, badly staffed school in an urban area (that has subsequently moved to a much nicer building), where an ethos of … Continue reading

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Kildare North: Michael Beirne, Gerard Dunne, Elizabeth O’Sullivan, Brendan Young (Independents) (10 Days To Election)

If polls are to be believed, Independents stand to make serious gains in the 2016 election. Lots of candidates out there hoping to be the next Mick Wallace I guess. Kildare North has four of them in total, who I’ll … Continue reading

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Another Kildare North Debate (11 Days To Election)

Another Kildare North debate took place yesterday, this time on Shane Coleman’s Sunday Show in Newstalk, available here. Present were Fine Gael’s Bernard Durkan, Labour’s Emmet Stagg, the Social Democrats’ Catherine Murphy, Fianna Fail’s James Lawless and Sinn Fein’s Reada … Continue reading

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Waiting Times (11 Days To Election)

I had an experience with Ireland’s healthcare system during the term of the 31st Dail. It was a football injury. Super amateur football I assure you. Playing one day, I felt a pain in my left knee while stretching for … Continue reading

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Kildare North: Maebh Ní Fhallúin (Greens) (12 Days To Election)

Parties that suffered the electoral wipe-outs that the Green’s did, at both the locals in 2009 and the general in 2011, sometimes do not ever recover.  But there are still around, and I’m sure the John Gormley era is something … Continue reading

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Another Link Dump (12 Days To Election)

Another brief link dump of some random stories that caught my eye during the last week of this election cycle. This brief RTE podcast brings up gender quotas, which are seeing their first test of effectiveness in this election. I … Continue reading

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