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All change in Irish parliamentary politics… SF Senator resigns and a reshuffle in FG! November 30, 2017

Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.

Well now I didn’t see this coming:

Sinn Féin Senator Trevor Ó Clochartaigh has quit the party over what he described as inaction in dealing with disciplinary issues in his Galway West constituency.

He said there have been serious breaches of the Sinn Féin code of conduct that have gone unpunished.

SF in response “claimed that Mr Ó Clochartaigh was looking for a clear run at the convention”.

Any sense of his intentions? A new home or Independent status?

Meanwhile what of our new Tánaiste, and continuing – deep breath – Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade with responsibility for Brexit… rising swiftly close to the top after a less than stellar leadership campaign earlier in the year!


1. Aengus Millen - December 1, 2017

This worries me I had been willing up till now to right off the defections from Sinn Fein as typical of growing parties. However I’ve met Ó Clochartaigh who struck me as a very nice and constructive political and one the kind of person Sinn Fein should not be losing.


WorldbyStorm - December 1, 2017

+1 to all of what you said. I met him too and he seems extremely sincere and dedicated (as well as friendly and outgoing). I’m minded to wonder given the truth perhaps lies between the two competing statements is it a dynamic of parliamentarianism coming to the fore, something seen in the WP back in the late 80s?

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2. Tomboktu - December 1, 2017

Meanwhile what of our new Tánaiste […] rising swiftly close to the top

For how many politicians is being made Tánaiste (or within a party, deputy leader) the summit, a sign that they won’t actually make Taoiseach (or leader)? In Coveney’s case, it’s probably too soon to make that judgement. A stomping majority of the party membership in the leadership election and a reasonably safe ministry must be a strong position for preparing for the next step.


3. Jonah - December 1, 2017

I think this is less about bullying, though that might be a contributory factor, and more that there’s been a struggle between two factions in Galway Sinn Fein for some time and it appears to be ended.

On the one hand you have the group around Trevor and based outside the city. On the other you have the group around local councillor Mairead Farrell based in the city.

That’s a bit of a generalisation but broadly accurate. There were a lot of people supporting the latter who though she should have been the candidate in 2016.

If the Sinn Fein party statement is correct I suspect Trevor knew he wouldn’t get the nomination at the convention and decided to leave in advance.

Whether he was being attacked internally I don’t know but I remember there was some online row a couple of years back between him and one of Mairead Farrell’s relatives.

On a personal note, like Aengus, I’ve met him a few times and been impressed. Similarly with Mairead Farrell.


4. sonofstan - December 1, 2017

It’s a dynamic familiar from the Labout Party over the years: unlike FFG, it’s rarely the case that Labour and now SF were in contention for more than a single seat – which meant competition within constituencies can be intense. Add to that the ability that our version of PR allows to independents to survive outside the party structure, and this will happen.


5. GearóidGaillimh - December 1, 2017

I tried to post a comment last night that didn’t appear for some reason, but Jonah’s post is a good overview. This had been going on for a good few years. Has attracted Goldhawk’s attention over the years as well as the likes of the Connacht Tribune.

I’m not sure what party he’d join – Ó Cuiv presumably wouldn’t want a Connemara-based FF candidate and Labour and the Soc Dems have already selected candidates in the constituency.


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