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Would it not be easier for the FG party to dissolve the branches and elect new ones? June 25, 2019

Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.
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Apologies to Brecht for mangling his poetry but his lines come to mind reading this tale…

Fine Gael TD John Deasy has hit back against a vote of no confidence in him by the local party organisation in his Waterford constituency.

Speaking to The Irish Times on Tuesday morning, Mr Deasy said “the entire Waterford organisation needs to be stood down and reviewed by headquarters; repeated warnings have been given by myself and other with regard to the behaviour of individuals in Waterford for years now.”

Apparently said meeting was attended by councilors and members. According to the IT there’s a fierce rivalry in the constituency between different FG camps. Anyone closer to the ground able to judge how this might go?

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1. EWI - June 25, 2019

I don’t see any possible way in which the ‘new’ ones will work out in a satisfactory way for everyone. Purges or resignations on the way?

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2. damonmatthewwise - June 25, 2019

What like the Sinners who get rid of constituency groups and elected officials for keeping to their principles of democracy and not be told what they have to think by yer man or woman on top?

On Tue 25 Jun 2019 at 10:21, The Cedar Lounge Revolution wrote:

> WorldbyStorm posted: “Apologies to Brecht for mangling his poetry but his > lines come to mind reading this tale… Fine Gael TD John Deasy has hit > back against a vote of no confidence in him by the local party organisation > in his Waterford constituency. Speaking to The Irish Ti” >

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WorldbyStorm - June 25, 2019

Just to be clear I am being sarcastic in relation to dissolve the branches etc! I don’t think that’s a legitimate idea – completely the opposite !

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3. Joe - June 25, 2019

Waterford was great for internecine splits and rows in the WP back in the eighties too. The WPP was even founded for a short spell – the Waterford People’s Party. Before peace was restored/imposed by Head Office.

Deasy, father and son, were always their own men. FG will keep him as candidate for fear he’d win as an Indo if they turf him out, I suppose.

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4. Jim Monaghan - June 25, 2019

While constituency rows are not t hat new, I think they are getting worse. A trend towards the further “balkanisation” of Irish politics. My rugh guess is that 80% of canvassers/members were party peopel 40 years ago, that is down to less than 15%. Canvassing teams belong to the candidate rather than the party.The need to pay of/bring independents on board must have an affect on the remaining no preferred TDs in parties. There is a limit to chairs/vice chairs of committees to keep everyone happy. A “loyal” backbench FF/FG TD can lose his/her seat, the Healy -Raes are there forever. The amount of resources and effort that goes into clientilism and patronage must be increasing by leaps and bounds.

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tafkaGW - June 25, 2019

That’s interesting, Jim. Is there research on falling national party activism?

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