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A circular – if ineffective – firing squad November 20, 2019

Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.

Entertaining to see the hot water respective FG and FF by-election candidates have found themselves in – or rather have got themselves into, this last week or so.

Again, as noted last week, the simple fact candidates have gone forward with these very obviously problematic aspects to their political identity suggests a remarkable lack of command and control and oversight by their parties. And one has to wonder whether there will be much tighter surveillance by them in the run-up to the General Election.

But clearly there’s no end of parsing of former Twitter and other social media accounts going on in a sort of mutually assured destruction approach. So far leaders are standing by candidates, and apologies are forth-coming. What would it take for them or others to be jettisoned?


1. irishelectionliterature - November 20, 2019

The proof will be in the pudding…. have these comments impacted on these candidates chances? Are some trying to use the Peter Casey playbook? I’d like to think that the comments have an adverse effect but we won’t know until the votes come in.
I know they are FG but were I in FG HQ I would have abandoned Verona Murphy and issued a forceful statement stating that these beliefs are inconsistent with standing for Fine Gael. Especially in light of the recent comments from Noel Grealish and others.
The other thing it shows is that what looks like a great candidate to parachute in (Murphy is President of the Irish Road Haulage Association) , may not be so great after all and really more detective work should have been done on her before having her as a candidate.


WorldbyStorm - November 20, 2019

+1 it’s not a good look


Joe - November 20, 2019

Yep. The Peter Casey playbook has support. See the vote he got. FF and FG supporters, members, voters were part of that vote.
It will indeed be interesting to see how Murphy does in the bye-election.


roddy - November 20, 2019

Anybody going for election needs to be ultra careful about past events.I can think of one candidate here who has recently reemerged to contest a number of elections.The only thing that has saved him is that he is a complete no hoper and if by some bizarre set of circumstances he ever came into contention for a seat ,he would be instantly blown out of the water.

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WorldbyStorm - November 20, 2019

Yes, that’s true roddy.


2. baalthor - November 20, 2019

Murphy was frequently on the airwaves in recent years talking about how the refugees at Calais jump on to the Irish truckers trucks armed with big sticks etc.

So I never took her for a bleeding heart liberal.

But recent events suggesting that the truckers may not all be an entirely innocent and helpless group may have lead her to double down a bit …

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3. Paul Culloty - November 21, 2019

It does seem strange that half a million workers from the accession states have integrated into local communities with relatively little difficulty, yet 6,000 asylum seekers have suddenly ignited multiple controversies.


WorldbyStorm - November 21, 2019

Yep. Difficult not to see that response as driven by a very unthought through fear of the other, tbh. Whipped up by some.


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