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That Taoiseach nomination process. April 14, 2016

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Groundhog day. Noel Rock back again – as predicted by dublinstreams. Much the same being said. That election seems a long long time ago.

My God, Micheál Martin was first elected in 1989. Bloody hell. Funny juxtaposition on the opposition benches, for one of his nominees, Lisa Chambers, was seated next to Paul Murphy. It was oddly enjoyable seeing the earnest Chambers doing her best to talk up MM while a range of expressions played across Murphy’s face – bemusement, scepticism even a touch of disbelief. And rightly so!

A lovely paean of praise for Cork South West from Martin’s other nominee Margaret Murphy-O’Mahony. Who could disagree with her heavy on the Cork, light on Martin speech?

It was curious to hear Joan Burton complaining about SF shouting from the sidelines when the LP weren’t getting involved. And then it was into her stump speech. The term chutzpah came to mind listening to the women who was more than acting Tánaiste a couple of months back. What was particularly weird was her complaint at SF when she then said the LP couldn’t support candidates in the absence of an agreed programme for government. But why if that was true for the LP was it not equally so for SF? It literally makes no sense. I fear that provides an insight into the mind set of the LP.

David Cullinane used the term groundhog day too. Another interesting juxtaposition, there was Catherine Martin GP TD sitting behind him. He made a strong appeal to independents who were talking with FG and FF that the two parties wouldn’t.

Catherine Martin spoke too. Actually she was angry, very angry. “No one party won the general election… but it seems as if the people have lost. Some parties seem to refuse to accept the change the people voted for”. It’s a good line, there’s certainly a sense that the stringing out of the process is a perversion of the popular will expressed at the election. ‘The vast majority of people do not care what order Fine Gael or Fianna Fáil go in. But people care that there is a government’.

Still…

Shane Ross wandered in able to say the Independent Alliance had been in discussions for the last week or two. He noted they were getting used to ‘love bombing from FF and FG’ but they ‘won’t love bomb each other’ and that where as the parties were easily able to talk to the independents but not to each other. He demanded ‘parity of esteem’ between FF and FG.

Got to say FF in particular but FG as well may well be coming out of this very very badly. Medium sized parties pretending to be big parties. It’s not washing. And here’s an interesting dynamic. There’s only FF and FG. But there’s a lot of other groups beyond them. An awful lot and they’re singing off much the same hymn sheet.

Watching Gerry Adams berate FF and FG in much the same way – albeit emphasis on the ‘conservative’ parties – it struck me that both Martin and Kenny must realise that this is going to be the future. A procession of people who will be taking chunks out of them for the next few years – whatever happens.

You can feel some are champing at the bit to get back to the people but you’d have to wonder why.

Micheál Martin did a half decent speech, from a remarkably weak position, to try to change the narrative. Can it work? Hard to believe that it can. I half-thought Simon Coveney would announce an election, but no, we’re on to next Wednesday.

Some of the later speeches from FF were frankly weird. More stuff about FF’s right to form a minority being disrespected by FG. But wasn’t there a vote barely an hour before where MM got fewer votes than EK? It’s as if they think that by saying all this stuff it just will be accepted. Or worse they think they actually ‘won’ the election. Though interesting to hear them putting out essentially oppositional speeches – ‘two tier health services’ etc. Thankfully Mary Lou McDonald brought some refreshing sarcasm to the absurdity of all this. And then I gave up unable to listen to any more.

So. Seven days including today to get a minority government together. Seven days. It should be doable. There’s been shorter wars. But…

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1. Paddy Healy - April 14, 2016

“Seven long weeks i spent in Dub-a-lin
Seven Long weeks doing nothing at all
Seven long weeks I spent in Dub-a-lin
Learning to dance for Lanigans Ball”

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2. dublinstreams - April 14, 2016

I don’t get why many are so impressed with Catherine Martin how hard have the Greens themselves been trying to form a government?

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irishelectionliterature - April 14, 2016

Ryan naturally enough was the first to offer himself up in the national interest. … alas talks broke down.
However she was right in that despite FF being in denial about it , they have to do a deal with FG or we are heading for another election .
I suspect that they’ll demand Kennys head as the price of support.

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WorldbyStorm - April 14, 2016

I didn’t know people are impressed, she was forceful though. And in fairness with only two TDs the GP are really irrelevant to all this.

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dublinstreams - April 14, 2016

are the Independents irrelevant?

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WorldbyStorm - April 14, 2016

It’s a matter of numbers, isn’t it? 15 odd Indos in contention as distinct from 2 GPs.

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dublinstreams - April 14, 2016

yes it is a matter of numbers and the Greens have twice as many votes as of the Independents.

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RosencrantzisDead - April 14, 2016

The Independents have seven and one-half times the votes of the Greens.

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Sea Mus - May 5, 2016

Whos impressed with her? I havent heard a peep out of anyone in relation to her. Ryan has been on 24/7 doing interviews, she certainly has not.

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Paddy Healy - May 5, 2016

How can RTe justify having “media luvvie” Ryan interviewed almost every single day?
In addition, he is never asked about his collective cabinet responsibility with FF ministers for wrecking the economy?
The truth is that media can do what they like provided it does not violate personal defamation laws!

At least, the Phoenix has “zapped” luvvie Zappone to-day”

This is a major flaw in parliamentary democracy

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3. dmfod - April 14, 2016

I see the “leftish” Katherine Zappone was the only “Independent” other than Michael Lowry to vote for Kenny for Taoiseach. Incredibly she claimed in her speech that she was doing this because a vote for Fine Gael is a vote for equality! This either makes her a lot dumber than Lowry or a lot more dishonest.

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WorldbyStorm - April 14, 2016

I feel vindicated in my previous caution and caveats.

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fergal - April 14, 2016

I only saw that in IT updates and hadn’t a clue what she was on about either

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WorldbyStorm - April 14, 2016

It’s very interesting, isn’t it, KZ’s trajectory. I’m told much of her vote is a middle class one in the constituency. Perhaps she’s comfortable with her class base. It will be fascinating to see how things go from here for her.

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4. themccarthyreport - April 14, 2016

In related news, Brendan Ogle has called for the Left to support a Fianna Fail minority government. https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100009137769889&fref=ts

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WorldbyStorm - April 14, 2016

Say it’s not so.

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Jolly Red Giant - April 14, 2016

You seem surprised – this has been evident for quite a while (i.e. since the election).

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WorldbyStorm - April 14, 2016

A couple of years back possibly, the last year or soon, not really.

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5. gendjinn - April 14, 2016

It would be ideal if both FG & FF are suffering in the public eye. A re-run where the pair of them lost a few seats would reconcile them to coalition.

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6. Paddy Healy - April 14, 2016

Tonight FF have decided to facilitate a FG Minority Government on a “Case by Case Basis”-there will be no agreed document-agreement to suspend water charges will not be a precondition!!!

“Seven long weeks I spent in Dub-a-lin
Seven long weeks doing nothing at all
Seven long weeks I spent in Dub-a-lin
Drawing my Pay and F-You all!”
The pantomine for a banana republic continues to unfold!

You couldn’t make it up!

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7. Paddy Healy - April 14, 2016

Listening to Michael McGrath on RTE, it is clear that FF pulled a great stroke. They want to be out of government during the economic turmoil ahead and and to be in a position to pull the plug on FG at a time of FF’s choosing
They deliberately antagonised the independents yesterday
No independent voted for FF
Now FF are off the hook!
Game set and match to FF

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dublinstreams - April 14, 2016

except that FF are not fully off the hook they still have to support FG at times

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8. Paddy Healy - April 14, 2016

That can be a problem all right but FF can choose the issue on which to pull the rug
The key to uderstanding what is happening in The Dail is that being in government in comming years is a poison chalice from the point of view of retaining popular support.
Enda Kenny who was keeping the recovery going during the election spoke today of the need for political stability in the difficult times ahead!!

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9. Mick 2 - April 14, 2016

Did anyone catch Catherine Connolly’s contribution? She introduced herself as an Independents 4 Change TD so I suppose she’s joined the other four? There was a fair jibe directed at Halligan: “I am not one of those Independents who wants to highlight one hospital in Waterford as opposed to another hospital. I am here because I believe in public health for all of us. Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil, with the help of Labour, have systematically run down the health service.”

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dublinstreams - April 14, 2016
dublinstreams - April 15, 2016

and Mick Wallace finally confirms that Connolly and Pringle have joined their _Dail_group_ of 6
Mick Wallace (Wexford, Independent)
“This week, the members of the Independents 4 Change group – myself and Deputies Clare Daly, Joan Collins, Tommy Broughan, Catherine Connolly and Thomas Pringle – introduced a motion to the House. I will give the background to it. Our motion….” proposes:https://www.kildarestreet.com/debate/?id=2016-04-14a.266

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10. CL - April 15, 2016

“Richard Boyd Barrett said the two establishment parties “can’t stand” that they cannot control both sides of the house,”
http://www.thejournal.ie/taoiseach-vote-2-2715290-Apr2016/

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11. Paddy Healy - April 21, 2016

HEALY RAE(M), Dr Harty and Mattie McGrath Support Taoiseach in Refusing to allow Motion for Abolition of Water Charges on Dáil Agenda
More http://wp.me/pKzXa-nC
A motion to abolish water charges has been on the Dail agenda since the first meeting of the new Dail, almost 8 weeks ago. It now has 33 signatures.

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dublinstreams - April 21, 2016

its on the Dail Order Paper you mean http://www.oireachtas.ie/documents/op/Apr16/Business/op200416.pdf 29. “That Dáil Éireann calls on the Government to abolish household water charges and fund
investment in water and sanitation infrastructure through progressive taxation.” — David
Cullinane, Gerry Adams, John Brady, Pat Buckley, Seán Crowe, Pearse Doherty, Dessie Ellis,
Martin J. Ferris, Kathleen Funchion, Martin Kenny, Mary Lou McDonald, Denise Mitchell,
Imelda Munster, Carol Nolan, Eoin Ó Broin, Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin, Donnchadh Ó
Laoghaire, Aengus Ó Snodaigh, Jonathan O’Brien, Louise O’Reilly, Maurice Quinlivan, Brian
Stanley, Peadar Tóibín, Mick Wallace, Clare Daly, Joan Collins, Thomas Pringle, Thomas P.
Broughan, Seamus Healy, Brid Smith, Richard Boyd Barrett, Gino Kenny, Catherine Connolly.
[6 April, 2016]

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12. Paddy Healy - April 21, 2016

Yes, that is it
Lest there be any misunderstanding:
When deputies submit a motion it is put on the DAIL ORDER PAPER by officials.
Under current standing orders, the Taoiseach alone can propose an ORDER OF BUSINESS which includes or excludes matters on the ORDER PAPER at his sole discretion Amendments to the ORDER of BUSINESS are not allowed. If you disagree with the order of business the only thing a deputy can do is vote against the entire ORDER of Business. If the Taoiseach’s proposed order of business were deeated he would have to propose another order of business with which the Dail would agree. Otherwise business could not begin

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13. dublinstreams - April 22, 2016

they say they’ve managed to get the SDs and SP/AAA on board to get 39 TD backing a motion about Irish Water (what exactly, not officially available yet ) http://www.breakingnews.ie/ireland/dail-set-to-hear-motion-on-immediate-scrapping-of-water-charges-730912.html although I think the story glosses over that they probably won’t be even be able to seek to have it added to the order of business that the Taoiseach (FG and FF now) set, I asked the author if that’s the case.

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gendjinn - April 22, 2016

Would a private member’s bill be permitted to propose abolition of Irish Water and/or charges?

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dublinstreams - April 22, 2016

SF published such a bill on their website and FF say they’ve drafted one but again afaik they can’t get them on the agenda without the gov allowing it http://www.sinnfein.ie/contents/39208

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gendjinn - April 22, 2016

Spent some time reading the various rules on oireachtas.ie. Have to keep reading but getting something tabled in the Seanad looks easier but you need at least 5 senators in your group.

The very act of FG/FF conspiring to keep such a bill off the agenda would be almost as damaging as voting against it. Well, at least for FF.

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14. dublinstreams - April 22, 2016

here is the motion https://twitter.com/pb4p/status/723463767460331520 see them reference Fianna Fail in the majority of TDs and try and use their “mandate” for this motion.

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WorldbyStorm - April 22, 2016

Thanks, and by the way you were right, that other post was posted up again by accident. It wasn’t so good it need to be more than once! 🙂

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dublinstreams - April 25, 2016

Dail Notice of Motion re Irish Water ‘majority of TDs made pledges to end charges’ etc http://www.oireachtas.ie/documents/thisweek/motions-2016/m220416.pdf by Sinn Fein & Social Democrats only, strange but that was submitted on Friday they may re-submit the same motion today or tmw w/ AAA-PBP and Independents 4 Change group & Healy

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15. Paddy Healy - April 23, 2016

I have heard Eamonn Ryan commenting on the “taoiseach nomination process” TEN times in the last seven days. Coverage of Deputy Zappone has tailed off a little but can be expected to “explode” again shortly.
But even the Phoenix omiited the biggest climb down by Zappone
Here it is:
Seanad Motion Calling On Burton to Reconsider the JULY 2, 2015 Measures on Lone Parents Withdrawn by Senator Katherine Zappone following opposition from Senator Ivana Bacik( Labour) and Speech by Minister Burton !
“I have decided that I will not push this to a vote.”–Senator Zappone (Seanad Report)
Read full Seanad Debate here http://wp.me/pKzXa-rv
INCOME CUTS FOR LONE PARENTS

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Paddy Healy - April 25, 2016

Eamonn Ryan coming on Morning Ireland again this morning!!!!

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Paddy Healy - April 28, 2016

Media luvvie Eamon Ryan was in a clip from the Dáil on RTE News yesterday denouncing that duplicitous FF gang which he propped up while the country was wrecked.
Lo and behold he is on Sean O’Rourke again this morning for a 15 minute love-in
No it would not be fair for the presenter to ask him about his responsibility for the bank bust, the tax relief for the rich, cabinet responsibility etc

Seriously, this free promotion of middle class luvvies by the Irish media is a scandal. Could a number of communication professionals get together to buid up data to expose this stuff?

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16. Paddy Healy - April 24, 2016

Listen to What Gerry Adams actually said on RTe:The Week in Politics (from 2 minutes in to 6 minutes in) Click below
http://www.rte.ie/news/2016/0424/783870-government-talks/
Sinn Féin open to talking to FG and FF – Adams

The “buts” and the omissions are the most important

He did not say that there are no circumstances in which SF would enter coalition with FF or FG
He said “it is MY view that it would not be in the national interest to return FF or Fg to government BUT…”

Grainne Lalor was mistaken when she said “your last Ard Fheis ruled out coalition with FF or FG” It didn’t. It ruled out a coalition in which FF or FG would be the MAJORITY PARTY.

I have been saying since the election that we should wait util after the assembly elections (Thursday week) to discover the full SF position

Roddy,Remember my bet with Paddy Power

I am working very hard to ensure that I don’t win it! It is my duty to warn people in advance!!

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dublinstreams - April 24, 2016

because SF are going to become a MAJORITY PARTY in the south in the next ten days?

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17. Paddy Healy - April 24, 2016

Note that Gerry made no mention of the restriction that FG or FF must be the minority party!
That is another important omission.
Remember: I said that the omissions and the BUTS are the most important things!
We are hearing a different emphasis now that the ArdFheis is over

Will we hear a further diference as soon as Assembly elections are over?
The Adams interview on The WEEk in politics is a HUGE DEVELOPMENT

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18. Paddy Healy - April 25, 2016

Extract from interview with Gerry Adams on “The Week in Politics” 24/04/2016
“Would we talk to them(FF and Fine Gael)? The answer to that question is ‘yes’,”
“If in the course of all of that, although it would be very, very challenging, we came up with a Programme for Government which did the business as far as we were concerned, our leadership would consider that and yes, if we thought that was an advance and would help to deal with these issues we have just talked about, including in the centenary year the issue of Irish unity, of course we would have to bring that back to an ard fheis.”

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Paddy Healy - April 26, 2016

An Phoblacht and Louise O’Reilly TD SF defend Gerry Adams Interview
Read full An Phoblacht article http://wp.me/pKzXa-tR
NOTE That Louise O’Reilly(TD) SF said :

“Sinn Féin has no mandate to prop up a conservative administration led by Fine Gael or Fianna Fáil, Louise O’Reilly TD insisted at the Dáil today.”

If Sinn Fein has no mandate now it could get one from a special Ard-Fheis! Louise did not say “will not”

Does this statement contradict the Adams interview:

Gerry Adams

“Would we talk to them(FF and Fine Gael)? The answer to that question is ‘yes’,”—–

“If in the course of all of that, although it would be very, very challenging, we came up with a Programme for Government which did the business as far as we were concerned, our leadership would consider that and yes, if we thought that was an advance and would help to deal with these issues we have just talked about, including in the centenary year the issue of Irish unity, of course we would have to bring that back to an ard fheis.”

Louise O’Reilly did not say that there are no circumstances in which Sinn Fein will join a coalition government with FF or FG.

Entering Coalition on an agreed programme with FF or FG might not be considered by SF to be the same as “propping up a conservative government”

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19. Paddy Healy - April 25, 2016

FG Could lose 13 seats in a new General Election
The weakness of FG in current talks arises from its record in the outgoing government and consequent weak performance in the General Election
But its growing unpopularity manifested in the election was expressed in a number of ways. 27 of it’s 50 TDs were elected without reaching the quota. On the face of it, that sound like a catastrophy waiting to happen in any new election.
But the situation is not as bad as that for FG. In some constituencies two FG candidates were elected without reaching the quota. In some others there was a surviving Fg candidate who was not eliminated carrying over 50% of a quota in the last count.
An examination of constituency results shows that 13 FG TDs were elected without reaching the quota after all other Fg candidates had been eliminated or already elected.
Typically these 13 TDs would be about 2000 votes ahead of a candidate of another party who was not elected.
A small reduction in the Fg vote in a new election would endanger these 13 seats. That would return FG to the status of second party which it has occupied since 1932

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20. Paddy Healy - April 26, 2016

New Fireworks in Dáil to-day on water Charges!
FF, FG, Labour block discussion but vote to have a debate increases From 39 to 49
More http://wp.me/pKzXa-nC
FF now threatening to vote with 49 (43+49+82=Dail Majority) to pressurize Kenny on water charges

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Paddy Healy - April 26, 2016

FF have Kenny Cornered

The game is the re-establishment of FF as the main party of irish capitalism
By not resigning after election Kenny has plyed into hands of FF

FF are “plying a blinder”
But there are opportunities for the left
We should call a national demonstration for abolition of water charges!!!!

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21. Paddy Healy - April 26, 2016

New Stunt by FG, FF, Lab on water charges!
FF, Fg, Labour have now agrred to have STATEMENTS On Water Charges in Dáil to-morrow
This is INSTEAD OF taking the motion for abolition of water charges which is on the Dáil order paper
What will they get up to next?

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WorldbyStorm - April 26, 2016

It is bizarre, has to be to provide political cover while deal is done.

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22. Paddy Healy - April 27, 2016

First Victory for Water Charges campaign, the marchers, the meter resisters, the payment boycotters
Huge Defeat for Alan Kelly and Labour

http://wp.me/pKzXa-nC

Water charges Gone for duration of Government -unless EU intervenes!

The commission is to report to an oireachtas committe. Unlike Banking inquiry, government will not have a majority on this Committee—FF and oppsition will!

This committee will report to the Dail which will vote on whether the suspension of water charges should be ended and charging for water resumed. The government will not have a majority in the Dail!
The trickery is to camouflage an agreement to suspend charges for duration of government.
We must stay organised. The charges are still on the statute book. They can be reactivated at any time. The threat of fines by EU could be the trigger. The resistance to metering must continue.

Everybody who paid should get their money back. Many vulnerable and/or old people were terrified of owing money and more terrified of ending up in court. They were bullied into paying

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Jolly Red Giant - April 27, 2016

Kelly is going ballistic – calling it ‘political, economic and environmental sabotage’.

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gendjinn - April 27, 2016

. o O (of my political career)

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23. Paddy Healy - April 27, 2016

Yes JRG
Alan KELLY(Labour) Goes “Ballistic” Against Scrapping of Water Charges In Dáil Today
“Suspesion or abolition of water charges is political, economic environmental sabotage-environmental treason” Alan Kelly TD Dáil Eireann 27/04/2016
MORE http://wp.me/pKzXa-nC
Is what is happening now legal under EU directives? RTE News at 6 27/04/2016—Alan KeLLy

We really have a serious crisis of capitalism’s metod of rule in the Free Sate-and therefore in the whole of Ireland!

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gendjinn - April 27, 2016

That frisson is going global. The last 5 years from North Africa to Southern Europe, to the US.

People are standing up and fighting, mostly losing, but not giving up.

People do not want to back to the 1930s, they fear they are being sent back further to the feudalism and serfdom.

Given how awful the alternative is, I know which side is going to fight hardest, longest for victory.

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24. Paddy Healy - April 27, 2016

In the RTE Clip of Kelly “going Ballistic” in the Dáil, look at the expression on the ace of Brendan Howlin who was sitting beside him!!!!

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Jolly Red Giant - April 28, 2016

I had a little giggle when Mick Barry responded calling Kelly a sore loser.

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25. Paddy Healy - April 28, 2016

Veradkar denunciation of FF demand to suspend water charges as “wrong, not in the national interest” is a straight leadership challenge to Enda Kenny-Enda has caved in to demands which are not in the natioal interest from the old enemy. Leo may wish to be dropped from cabinet in order to take up ambush position outside.
Remember Charlie Haughey and Jack Lynch. Question is would Doctor Verakar be able to stomach the rubber chicken on the circuit? I suppose that nowadays they bring in caterers to produce gourmet meals!!!!!

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gendjinn - April 28, 2016

I suspect Veradkar’ pissy that a loss of 26 seats isn’t causing a leadership challenge that he is entitled to win. Which is interesting because I thought he was the éminence grise behind FG’s post election strategy.

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26. sonofstan - April 28, 2016

I expect Varadkar to do something that Irish pols rarely do, but that is relatively common in the UK and elsewhere; leave politics young (-ish). I bet his career plan is Taoiseach by 40, out by 50

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27. Paddy Healy - April 29, 2016

Mattie McGrath Continues To Support Water Charges

Presenter to Mattie McGrath : Is the suspension of Irish water chargesa good idea?
Mattie McGrath: “No-because where are we going to get the 1 billion to strengthen infrastructure we badly need to provide clean drinking water to many parts of the country—- ———————“
News at One RTE Radio 28/04/2016
Listen to the interview at this link 20 minutes in to programme
http://www.rte.ie/radio/utils/radioplayer/rteradioweb.html…
Listen to the interview at this link 20 minutes in to programme

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dublinstreams - April 29, 2016

as does Fine Gael

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28. Paddy Healy - April 29, 2016

The difference is Mattie McGrath does not want the charges suspended while FG and FF have agreed to do so
Mattie has joined Alan Kelly and Leo Veradkar in opposing the suspension of charges

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dublinstreams - April 29, 2016

Fine Gael not want the charges suspended

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29. Paddy Healy - April 30, 2016

Analysis of Election Results on NUI Panel
Michael McDowell, Former Progressive Democrat leader, received the highest transfer or almost one third of the Begg Transfers!!!!
David Begg Eliminated in NUI Seanad Election Having Received One Fifth of a Quota on First Count
MORE: http://wp.me/pKzXa-kL
Extreme conservative candidates Mullen, McDowell and business owner O’Ceidigh received between them in total 59.75% or almost 60% of Begg’s Transfers
Despite this, powerful equality campaigne ,Alice Mary Higgins was elected to the third and final seat.
ASTI And TUI had refused to endorse David Begg

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30. Paddy Healy - May 1, 2016

Eoghan Harris–“Fine Gael Trots” -Troskyite Behaviour o Veradkar!!!!
“Last Wednesday, Shane Coleman took me through my alternative analysis where I castigated the regressive role of the Pied Pipers, the Independents and Fine Gael Trots”
“For a Fine Gael negotiator(Veradkar) to jeopardise the future of the talks, he himself was taking part in is what I call Trotskyite behaviour.”

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31. Paddy Healy - May 9, 2016

FF has vetoed FG/Endapendant Government plan to set up competing hospital trusts
TWo Ministers Not Paying Water Charges
Major governmental cisis imminent
General Election?
or has another player become available??

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32. Paddy Healy - May 15, 2016

I repeat my former question : Major governmental cisis imminent?
FIANNA FAIL Has Vetoed Replacement of Public Hospitals by Trusts
“Under the new programme for government, expected to be published this week, hospital services will be run by statutory trusts which will own their assets and manage the recruitment of their own staff. “—Irish Times May 9
Fianna Fail has Vetoed Abolition of USC and CLawback of PAYE ALLOWANCE from High Earners—Sunday Times May 15
FF vetoes Increase in Green Bin Charges News At One RTE May 15
Many commentators are saying this can’t go on!
General Election?
or has another player become available??
Gerry Adams said that SF are available for talks
WILL FF and/or FG invite SF to talks?
Don’t rule anything out!

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dublinstreams - May 15, 2016

PH ever heard of the boy who cried wolf he did it so often nobody believed him when it did come

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Paddy Healy - May 22, 2016

Government dealt severe blow as Independent pulls support
Published Sunday Independent 22/05/2016 | 02:30
“The Government is teetering on a knife-edge this weekend after it emerged that Taoiseach Enda Kenny has suffered the loss of a key Independent TD who voted him into power, the Sunday Independent can reveal
Clare TD Dr Michael Harty has dramatically pulled his support from the Fine Gael-led minority Government after he was overlooked by Mr Kenny when he was appointing junior ministers”

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Jolly Red Giant - May 22, 2016

And Harty claimed to be a principled independent.

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CL - May 22, 2016

Clare’s Independent TD has denied withdrawing support for the government….

Dr Harty insists his position is unchanged since he voted for Enda Kenny as Taoiseach.
http://www.clare.fm/news/harty-denies-hes-withdrawn-support-government

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