Why Wicklow? September 15, 2016Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.
What possessed him? Looking at his constituency it’s hard to believe he’d really go for FG, though talking to someone who knows these things apparently he hasn’t stinted in his praise of Simon Coveney. But there are two FG TDs in WIcklow, and the idea there’d be room for three seems optimistic. There have been boundary changes and it is a remarkably fluid constituency. In 2002 there were two FF TDs, one LP, 1 FG (Billy Timmins no less) and an Independent, that being Mildred Fox.
2007 saw 2 FF again, 1 LP and 2 FG. 2011 and there were 3FG, 1 LP and 1 Independent, that being Donnelly. And now? 2FG, 1 SF, 1, FF and Donnelly again.
The best that could be said is that the past seems no guide as to the future in this particular locale. Does Donnelly go for FF? That would seem a better bet. But would they want him? For he strikes me as not entirely dissimilar to … and one has to wonder what party could hold him. But then, what about the Independent slot? Indeed Noel Whelan in the Irish Times seemed entirely dismissive of Donnelly joining the Soliders of Destiny.
If this were about seat preservation surely the SDs would be his best bet, or am I misreading this? Of course, if it is about being on a larger stage, politically, how well will that play in a larger party? FG is stuffed to the gills with those willing to talk about the economy. FF to a somewhat lesser extent, but still. There’s a pecking order, a line of seniority. Does another person in that vein add to the project or not?
He could, of course, wait for John Halligan to leave the government. He may, though, be waiting.
Or why doesn’t he just join the LP? Would their time in the wilderness be complete in a couple of years? Would he present a newish face? Would there be fewer rivals or competitors extant there? Could he aspire to the leadership having come from another