I think F.G. will still retain control of the Co Co but make only one gain, or none. F.G. will definitley gain a seat in Ballina UDC, they have a very good team. Sinn Fein will increase their vote but not enough to gain anything extra in the Co Co. FF will hold most of their seats, maybe losing only one because of most of their candidates running individual campaigns and many also, to be fair, are respected in their own right as individuals, i.e. a personal and not a party vote. A surprise result might be the election of young Moffatt for Labour, he could get the dissaffected FF vote and the fact that his Uncle was former Junior Minister, and there are other doctors in that family with a huge Medical card practise, a long shot I know but I think he will give Dr Mickey Loftus's son, (Dr Mickey being a former G.A.A. president), a good run for his money to take a seat for Crossmolina in the Ballina electoral area, a seat they lost the last time out.Who will be the big winners and losers in 2009?
Well i didnt know about the Spanish existence. What made me laugh though was the bould frans antics in relation to the Castlebar ring road in the mid eighties. Bloody road was the making of the town and the making of him
Who is at risk in Belmullet?FG could gain a second seat in Belmullet, but making gains elsewhere will be difficult. FF might have a job taking additional seats, tide is probably out for them. Can't see others making much impact bar in Castlebar (Kilcoyne and Durcan in the hunt, Barrett trying to defend Mee's old seat), and Westport maybe. SF to retain Murray's seat and nothing else.
McNamara of FF possibly, the seat would end up staying in Achill with Kilbane probably, if McAndrew were to win it may have to be from fellow FG'er Gerry Coyle. Tim Quinn might be ok, and Holmes will gain from having Newport included, so should be safe. SF not to make a gain I suspect.Who is at risk in Belmullet?