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Thread: Waterford: call the next General Election.

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    Default Waterford: call the next General Election.

    Adrian Kavanagh's summary:

    Waterford (4 seats): Senator Paudie Coffey (Fine Gael), Deputy Mary Butler (Fianna Fáil), Deputy David Cullinane (Sinn Féin), Cllr. John Pratt (Labour Party), Una Dunphy (People Before Profit), Senator Grace O’Sullivan (Green Party), Lee Walsh (Independent)

    The Irish Times (1st February 2017) has reported that hospital campaigners are considering running a candidate in this constituency at the next general election over the issue of cardiac services in University Hospital Waterford.

    On 1st November 2017 it was announced that Senator Grace O’Sullivan would be the Green Party candidate in this constituency.

    It was announced that Lee Walsh would be the Renua candidate for this constituency. His campaign was launched in Waterford City on 16th November. However, he subsequently decided to contest the election as an Independent candidate.

    Una Dunphy was selected as the People Before Profit candidate for the Waterford constituency in November 2017.

    As reported by the Irish Times (27th November 2017), at the Fine Gael selection convention on 27th November 2017, Deputy John Deasy announced that “would not be available to run in a snap general election due to health concerns”. This left Senator Paudie Coffey as the only candidate to be selected at that convention, with the party to add another candidate later. Cllrs. John Cummins and Damien Geoghegan were also nominated to contest this convention – while Cllr. Geoghegan withdrew his nomination, Cllr, Cummins did contest this.

    Deputy David Cullinane was unanimously selected as the Sinn Féin candidate for this constituency at a selection convention on 2nd December 2017.

    As reported by The Avondhu (7th December 2017), Cllr. John Pratt will be the Labour Party candidate for this constituency, having defeated Brendan Byrne in a vote at the party selection convention on 1st December 2017.

    As reported in The Irish Examiner (11th March), the Fianna Fáil selection convention was held in Lawlor’s Hotel, Dungarvan on 10th March, with two candidates contesting this. This was won by Deputy Mary Butler, who won 225 votes at this convention to Cllr. Eamon Quinlan’s 108 votes.

    An interview with the Munster Express (9th October 2018) has provoked some speculation that Deputy John Halligan may not contest the next general election, with him being quoted as follows: “I think I’ve done a lot and maybe I’ve done my time, maybe. It’s certainly something I am going to have to think about but I’ve not reached that point yet”.
    Cath Lab Halligan the epitome of "new politics " mightn't run. Which would mean 50% of the TDs would be out with Deasy also gone.
    1FG,1FF, 1SFand 1 up for grabs if JH bows out.
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    FG has 1 seat there now compared to 2 in 2011. Supposedly they are nationally back at 2011 levels, while Inds are dropping. So I'm cautiously saying: 2FG, 1 FF, 1SF. I think the last seat may go to the second FGer but don't completely rule out Halligan given his strong local profile and advocacy for the hospital.
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    The idea is to integrate all 40 constituencies into an overall prediction on the main thread here:

    Constituency by constituency threads for the next GE: utilising the P.ie hive mind

    For clarity for thise of us not in the know, the four sitting TDs are

    Mary Butler (FF)
    David Cullinane (SF)
    John Halligan (Indo)
    John Deasy (FG)
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    O'Sullivan seems to built up a reasonable media profile since making the Seanad, but presumably is starting from too low a base here?

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    There is definitely a FF seat here but Mary Butler is lucky she hasn't got a running mate because I don't think she'd make it.

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    Butler is a decent, honest TD who represents the views of many voters.

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    Any word on Halligan's intentions?
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    Quote Originally Posted by peader odonnell View Post
    Butler is a decent, honest TD who represents the views of many voters.
    A decent, honest Fianna Failure? That's a new one!
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    First provisional prediction based on the constituency threads so far:

    Constituency by constituency threads for the next GE: utilising the P.ie hive mind - Page 15
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    Quote Originally Posted by statsman View Post
    Any word on Halligan's intentions?
    I'll be amazed if he doesn't run.
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