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Ruairi Quinn to be Labour National Director of Elections for GE campaign


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Eamon Gilmore speaking on Newstalk a few moments ago has said that Ruairi Quinn will be the party's National Director of Elections for the General Election Campaign.

In the interview with Damien Kiberd, Gilmore said that Quinn was the best Finance Minister in modern times.

Asked about the number of seats the party expects to win, Gilmore said the party will be running 65 candidates and "each will be standing to win".
 

the_rebubblican

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Quinn's record in finance is essential for Labour's credentials as an alternative government. Contrast that his record with the unrelenting party and national massacre thereafter. Good move by Labour, they have a few heavyweights, they should use them carefully.
 

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65 candidates might be his first mistake...
 

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Having worked closely with Ruairi in the past, I think he's an excellent choice for the role. Although we are from different parties I'd like to wish him best of luck in this role, in what could be a historic election for labour.
 
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65 candidates might be his first mistake...
They're running 3 in Dublin South Central. And two in consituencies where there's a Labour TD. They'll do well but getting 65 is too optimistic, I agree.
 

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They're running 3 in Dublin South Central. And two in consituencies where there's a Labour TD. They'll do well but getting 65 is too optimistic, I agree.
There's very little risk of them losing any seats through bad vote management so the stategy is right. Run at least one candidate everywhere, 2 where you already have a TD and 3 where you have a good chance of two.
 

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Two points I think -
Excellent choice, has great background as the last minister for finance who knew what he was doing. Now I do not know how involved he was with running the local election campaign last year, but in his constituency, there were 2 electoral areas and in them Lab got 32% of the vote, but converted that into 5 of the 10 seats available.
For example, FG got 27% and got 3 out of the 10 seats. So someone in Lab in Dub SE really knows what they are doing when it comes to electoral strategy and vote management.
Second point - I do not think 65 candidates is enough. FG are starting from 51 TD's, and will easily be able to claim, in the campaign, that they are the only party who have any chance of being a strong government and getting in or near a majority. The prospect of a strong stable government may be attractive to a lot of people given the state of us. Lab may need, even if only for the optics, to run at least 83, if they want to convince the electorate that they are going to win. Having said that, Quinn knows more about this than I do!
 

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Great Appointment.

Ruairi was Chairperson of the Mary Robinson Campaign Committee that delivered one of Labours biggest strategic victories.

I look forward to working hard to ensure that he now leads another one.
 

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Great Appointment.

Ruairi was Chairperson of the Mary Robinson Campaign Committee that delivered one of Labours biggest strategic victories.

I look forward to working hard to ensure that he now leads another one.
And then you will hop into bed with extreme right-wingers like Varadker,Hayes and Bruton.

What a great left wing alternative.

Arthur Cox no doubt will be winiging a few donations your way soon. Personal of course.
 

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All i nknow is that if there was a general election tomorow Labour have not indicated a candisate to run in my ow n constituency of Tipp North. There are loads of options but nothing set in stone. Its a great party for empty proposals .
 

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All i nknow is that if there was a general election tomorow Labour have not indicated a candisate to run in my ow n constituency of Tipp North. There are loads of options but nothing set in stone. Its a great party for empty proposals .
if u have a few bob spare id put it on Alan Kelly being the candidate
 

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All i nknow is that if there was a general election tomorow Labour have not indicated a candisate to run in my ow n constituency of Tipp North. There are loads of options but nothing set in stone. Its a great party for empty proposals .
Ah come off it. Alan Kelly is all but the declared candidate for Tipp North. If you actually live in the constituency, you know that!
 

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I know I should leave this to the Politicians that Look Like Stuff thread, but if the main forces of the left have a good campaign, will he afterwards ride around Sandymount Green on a white stallion, crushing underfoot the election posters of the vanquished enemy?




 

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20 currrent seats to be fought
20 running mates
23 to have one candidate in the other constituencies

That makes 63 and then I assume one extra in Dublin North and Dublin South (real possibility of going from 0 to 2), or someone said that Dublin South Central will have a third candidate? That makes 66?
 

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This is a go big or go home election for Labour. 65 seems to me like "we'll increase our seat count" but standing 84 would be more of a statement of "no Spring Tide, we're here to stay".
 

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Gilmore didn't sound hoarse on the radio after the party think-in!
 
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