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Mayor of Arklow joins Fine Gael


mickterry

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It was announced last night that the mayor of Arklow, Peter Dempsey is to join Fine Gael. Dempsey, a noted me feiner has one eye on next years locals no doubt. he has always portrayed himself as a man of the people but the word is that his supporters are not happy. It can also be said that the local FG member of Wicklow County Council, Sylvester Bourke, is not a happy bunny at all.
 
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freewillie

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It was announced last night that the mayor of Arklow, Peter Dempsey is to join Fine Gael. Dempsey, a noted me feiner has one eye on next years locals no doubt. he has always portrayed himself as a man of the people but the word is that his supporters are not happy. It can also be said that the local FG member of Wicklow county Council is not a happy bunny at all.
Rats joing a sinking ship comes to mind
 

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Why oh why, when property tax letters are landing and water charges coming would you jump on board! Is it to have election expense paid for by the party on the local election? It's doesn't look like a good move at this time and good luck explaining to people why his done this.
 

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It was announced last night that the mayor of Arklow, Peter Dempsey is to join Fine Gael. Dempsey, a noted me feiner has one eye on next years locals no doubt. he has always portrayed himself as a man of the people but the word is that his supporters are not happy. It can also be said that the local FG member of Wicklow County Council, Sylvester Bourke, is not a happy bunny at all.
Well, if he lokking at all the state quangos going up for grabs, then he really had no alternative. Either join up, or get left out with no space in the trough for your snout.

I blame the new Chairman of the Irish Film Board. Inspirational.
 

mickterry

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Why oh why, when property tax letters are landing and water charges coming would you jump on board! Is it to have election expense paid for by the party on the local election? It's doesn't look like a good move at this time and good luck explaining to people why his done this.
His family were all FF, but he reckons that Enda is doing a great job and wants to be part of the team. He originally got his seat on an anti drugs campaign ticket eleven years ago when he was co-opted and held his seat at two local elections. He failed to get on the county council and disgraced himself at the general election in 2011. He will be despised in Arklow over this as the town is hurting over job losses and the like. The main street is like a ghost town and while he has had lots of ideas, he has achieved nothing in his time on the council.
 

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Well, if he lokking at all the state quangos going up for grabs, then he really had no alternative. Either join up, or get left out with no space in the trough for your snout.

I blame the new Chairman of the Irish Film Board. Inspirational.
Not smart enough for a quango and I know the threshold is low for that.
 

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Why don't FF and FG just merge and get it over with. They are so obviously interchangeable. People really only differentiate FG from FF due to family connections. Even that is quickly dumped when an opportunity arises. What a pathetic, pathetic lot.
 

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His family were all FF, but he reckons that Enda is doing a great job and wants to be part of the team. He originally got his seat on an anti drugs campaign ticket eleven years ago when he was co-opted and held his seat at two local elections. He failed to get on the county council and disgraced himself at the general election in 2011. He will be despised in Arklow over this as the town is hurting over job losses and the like. The main street is like a ghost town and while he has had lots of ideas, he has achieved nothing in his time on the council.
Isn't he trying to get the town council to buy up a failed developers land in the centre of town so the great unwashed will have a nice town park? Love to know the ins and outs of that one. Allegedly it's now going cheap and is a steal at half a million Euro and well within reach of a council that presides over a main street where a quarter of the shops are empty, all the major industries are gone, there's chronic unemployment and most of the young have emigrated.
 

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Isn't he trying to get the town council to buy up a failed developers land in the centre of town so the great unwashed will have a nice town park? Love to know the ins and outs of that one. Allegedly it's now going cheap and is a steal at half a million Euro and well within reach of a council that presides over a main street where a quarter of the shops are empty, all the major industries are gone, there's chronic unemployment and most of the young have emigrated.
Half the shops on the Main street are empty. Indeed he has come up with a hair brained idea of buying a site and turning it into a park. He said it could be bought for 450,000 but the auctioneers say it would be nearer to 1 million. The same again would be needed to level the site. just populist rubbish that no one with an iota of sense is buying.
 

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Why don't FF and FG just merge and get it over with. They are so obviously interchangeable. People really only differentiate FG from FF due to family connections. Even that is quickly dumped when an opportunity arises. What a pathetic, pathetic lot.
Totally agree, FF and FG are just the same, sure look at the Town Council. 3 FF and O'Sullivan from FG as a happy voting block. Sure MickTerry you should be happy now as that makes 5 in your right wing voting block with Dempsey joining your FF/FG group.
 

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Totally agree, FF and FG are just the same, sure look at the Town Council. 3 FF and O'Sullivan from FG as a happy voting block. Sure MickTerry you should be happy now as that makes 5 in your right wing voting block with Dempsey joining your FF/FG group.
Will not happen. O'Sullivan is retiring anyway. Dempsey is part of a deal with Labour and two independents to control the council. He will not let that go.
 

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Totally agree, FF and FG are just the same, sure look at the Town Council. 3 FF and O'Sullivan from FG as a happy voting block. Sure MickTerry you should be happy now as that makes 5 in your right wing voting block with Dempsey joining your FF/FG group.
Wouldn't be the first time FF and FG came together "as needs must" in Arklow. They did it some years back to ensure control of 'the Chair' on the local Council.

Still trying to come to work out a proper reason why a man with such a Fianna Fáil background should join Fine Gael. At the same time, all I can think of is a question similar to that of Mrs. Merton, asking the 'lovely Debbie Magee' of her attraction to millionaire Paul Daniels.

Must be some decent readies still knocking about at local level!
 

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Why don't FF and FG just merge and get it over with. They are so obviously interchangeable. People really only differentiate FG from FF due to family connections. Even that is quickly dumped when an opportunity arises. What a pathetic, pathetic lot.
Why doesn't the loony left of Sinn Fein and the Socialist Party/ULA merge? Ater all they trade on crackpot economics and wish to sabotage the economy.
 

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Wouldn't be the first time FF and FG came together "as needs must" in Arklow. They did it some years back to ensure control of 'the Chair' on the local Council.

Still trying to come to work out a proper reason why a man with such a Fianna Fáil background should join Fine Gael. At the same time, all I can think of is a question similar to that of Mrs. Merton, asking the 'lovely Debbie Magee' of her attraction to millionaire Paul Daniels.

Must be some decent readies still knocking about at local level!
Agree totally, but the difference is that those people back then had the interest of the town at heart. Dempsey does not.
 

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Perhaps instead of a petition, the Mayor could start a poster campaign. He could get help doing the posters without much trouble.
 
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