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Leaving a sinking ship to join..? December 7, 2016

Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.
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IEL mentioned it yesterday and there was also an interesting snippet in the SBP at the weekend on the tale of one Patrick McKee, a former FF councillor who joined RENUA last year, ran for election for them in both the by-election that year and the election earlier this year – on neither occasion winning, and who only some weeks back departed from his new home, as the SBP notes ‘removing all references to the party from his website and social media’.

And where’s he headed now? Why in his own words he says ‘I am exploring the possibility of rejoining FF’. He may have a rocky road, apparently being not ‘very complimentary’ about FF when all was exciting back in the day, er last year, in RENUA. But be that as it may is there any chance this represents a broader trend of consolidation around FF across the next few years? Will we see a slow trickle of former FFers who jumped away in the wake of the crisis and with the appearance of potential alternative political homes return to their original party?

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1. irishelectionliterature - December 7, 2016

Cllr Keith Redmond has left them also. So down to just two councillors, Ronan McMahon and John Leahy .
As for McKee he’ll be grudgingly welcomed back to FF but is now down the pecking order to succeed John McGuinness or Bobby Alyward.
I don’t know if FF will start to attract Independents to their ranks again. I think they are concentrating on trying to get some elected Reps in the North to join, already one Cllr who left SF has joined them (her name escapes me).

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2. dublinstreams - December 7, 2016

he or his campaign mananger has been busy filling his own wikipedia page https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patrick_McKee

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LeftAtTheCross - December 8, 2016

That’s interesting. Maybe 5 years ago I tried to set up a wiki page for Ted Tynan and it was refused on the grounds that he wasn’t of sufficient general interest to warrant a page. Either wikipedia has lowered the bar in the meantime or the bar is a function of Left / Right politics.

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EWI - December 8, 2016

I believe that astro-turfing a Wiki presence is a common PR firm service these days (look at all the ego pages for nobody Irish ‘entrepeneurs’).

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dublinstreams - December 8, 2016

similarily about 5 years ago i tried to add councillors to the Irish political dynasty pages and was told I couldn’t, if one looked up the rules and flagged the page for lack of notibility it would probably be taken down.

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RosencrantzisDead - December 8, 2016

Perhaps the Irish Left (or Irish politics in general) needs its own wiki.

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