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    More retirements

    Neither Mary Shields (SW) or Tom O'Driscoll (SC) of Fíanna Fáil will be running.

    I must admit that, even though I'm never FF's biggest fan, I always quite liked Tom O'Driscoll. I won't particularly miss Shields though.

    O Donnabháin (FF) and Canty (FG) from the Ballincollig-Carrigaline LEA are confirmed to be running in South-West.

    With seven seats, South-West is going to be one of the less competitive areas (although FG seem to be stacking it with 4 candidates). Sinn Fein will be eying it up as a potential gain, with Henry Cremin the only proven vote-getter standing in the area.
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    And another retirement...

    Stephen Cunningham of Sinn Féin not standing in the NE ward.

    While there seems to be a game of musical chairs going on in Sinn Féin as a result of the boundary redraw, I would presume that this is for personal reasons as one of their candidates in the LEA - Mandy O'Leary-Hegarty (Chris O'Leary's daughter) - is not previously elected, so there should have been space on the ticket for him.

    Also announced is that Mick Nugent from the current NW LEA is moving to NE. Apparently, he is originally from Ballyvolane and has a stake in the area. That is good news for Ken Collins in NW, who had looked likely to lose out, with Gould and Nugent also sitting candidates for Sinn Féin in that LEA and it looking very hard for them to win three of six.

    Bizarrely all this has been announced before the official selection convention on Thursday, doing nothing to dispel the idea that Sinn Féin selection conventions are just rubber-stampings of centrally made decisions.

    In other news, as expected, Fiona Kerins and Eoghan Jeffers to be the party candidates in South Central.
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    Heard just before Christmas that Joe O'Callaghan, ex Labour, ex Lord Mayor is standing in the Blarney area, don't know if that's north central or north west. He was also in FG but don't know if he is now independent.
    An out and out bluffer.

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    Peter Horgan comes across in the media as very capable and would make a good councillor. I wouldn't be surprised if he wins a seat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by locke View Post
    Showboating in the council chamber is what it is and rarely gets noticed by the general public.

    To be honest, what bugs me more with council meetings is when councilors propose a vote on some national or international issue where the city council has no power. That is purely done to signal credentials and should be prohibited so that focus can remain on city issues.

    The ones I mentioned seem to have an ability to get themselves reported prominently in local newspapers.

    In all honesty, I would say that at least Cahill and O'Flynn have some ideas, even though I disagree with them far more frequently than I agree with them. It is something of a step up on having nothing to bring to the table at all.
    Fully agree.
    Its a local council, not a national parliament.
    These motions are only publicity stunts and should be prohibited.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cricket View Post
    Heard just before Christmas that Joe O'Callaghan, ex Labour, ex Lord Mayor is standing in the Blarney area, don't know if that's north central or north west. He was also in FG but don't know if he is now independent.
    An out and out bluffer.
    Blarney is North-West.

    You'd kind of think that O'Callaghan is yesterday's news, but he is a smell that won't go away.

    He served for 24 years on the council between 1985 and 2014, despite only winning a seat twice. Somehow whenever a cooption came up, he was the man to get it.

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    Peter Horgan comes across in the media as very capable and would make a good councillor. I wouldn't be surprised if he wins a seat.
    He comes across well and The Echo are certainly giving him a high profile.

    The challenge will be where does he get the seat from.

    As I mentioned earlier in the thread, I think FG have two, SF one and FF at least one. I'm starting to think that Kieran McCarthy (Ind) will also be good for a seat. So he will have to prevent FF from taking a second seat.

    FF have a problem in SE though as O'Keeffe and Shannon won't both win seats due to their location. They will need to get their second seat from the former county council area, but both O'Keeffe and Shannon won't give deference there because they know their neck is on the line. They could prevent the party from taking two. But this is Micheál Martin's home ground, so that is a major advantage for FF.

    As an aside, I think Lorna Bogue of the Greens is performing much better than she did in the General Election. I don't thin she will get elected, but if she can get out the Green vote, it could help Horgan.
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    This one is a big surprise as he’s relatively young and seemed ambitious, but Cllr Nicholas O’Keeffe of FF has decided to step aside in the SE LEA.

    Unfortunately, it seems to solidify Shannon’s seat. As many will know he’s one of my least favorite councilors.

    It complicates matters for FF to win a second seat as Shannon has been a declining vote-getter and there’s no clear big personality for the county side of the LEA. Given their general performance, they really should win two, but the candidate line up is looking weak.
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    In another surprise, Ken O'Flynn is to run in the North-East LEA.

    It does save FF from a situation where they had 4 sitting councilors in NW and 1 in NE after the redraw, but I would have felt that John Sheehan was better placed to contest NE, having been a Blackpool based GP, with a substantial number of patients resident in NE.

    Of course, O'Flynn never does anything that doesn't benefit himself. And while he'll find the contest tougher there, it will boost his presence across the northside, ahead of a rumoured Dáil bid in the next General Election.
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    Quote Originally Posted by locke View Post
    In another surprise, Ken O'Flynn is to run in the North-East LEA.

    It does save FF from a situation where they had 4 sitting councilors in NW and 1 in NE after the redraw, but I would have felt that John Sheehan was better placed to contest NE, having been a Blackpool based GP, with a substantial number of patients resident in NE.

    Of course, O'Flynn never does anything that doesn't benefit himself. And while he'll find the contest tougher there, it will boost his presence across the northside, ahead of a rumoured Dáil bid in the next General Election.
    Tim Brosnan must be delighted !

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