It's a bit rich that Fianna Fail was being so critical of Sinn Fein last weekend, at the various count centres around the country, considering that Fianna Fail didn't even have a candidate contesting the Presidential Election but rather the powers that be at party HQ in Mount Street publicly supported a Labour — champagne socialist — candidate.
To add insult to injury this week, news emerged that Fianna Fail party leader, Micheál Martin, told a member of the party’s National Executive Sorcha McAnespy (who is a sitting Independent Councillor in the North), last April, that she will be one of the first candidates in the 2019 Local Elections in Northern Ireland for Fianna Fail. The last time Fianna Fail had an elected member in Stormont was in the 1930's representing South Down. Last week, Cllr McAnespy launched her election campaign in Tyrone, with two Fianna Fail Oireachtas members, one a TD from Galway and the other a Senator from Kerry. She successfully published the news on social media, however, Fianna Fail HQ in Dublin was quick to say that they had not confirmed any candidates in the North. The party’s Deputy Leader, Dara Calleary, took to the national airwaves to state that Fianna Fail had not confirmed any candidates for the Local Elections in Northern Ireland next year and that the party were still in talks with the SDLP in relation to the matter. It seems that there is an opening for a simple, basic communications secretary in Mount Street. It's time, methinks, to erect the "For Sale" sign at Mount Street.
Moving on to our recent Presidential Election and looking at some of the actual results from rural Limerick, and other parts of rural South Tipperary to name but a couple, we can see that Peter Casey received 45% - 55%, with Michael D. Higgins receiving 30% - 40%. Just goes to prove that the Electorate in some parts of Ireland want a candidate with 'liathróidí', who is not afraid to ‘call a spade, a spade’.
The debacle over what Peter Casey said and him being wrongly labelled as 'racist' by many, including some in the media, does not appear to have done him any harm in this area. Of course, he is in fact not at all a racist, but rather a candidate with the aforementioned 'liathróidí' who is not going to 'sit on the fence' and waffle some crap handed to them by a Doctor of Spin. Rather he says publicly what he sees, feels, and thinks, and tells the people of Ireland what most of them are already thinking.
If we look at Niamh Horan’s interview in The Sunday Independent, with Peter Casey, what she tells us is that Mr Casey has, easily, the "largest pair and least fear". This interview which was published in the Sindo was followed with a live radio interview with Miriam O'Callaghan on Today with Miriam on RTE Radio 1 on Monday morning.
To quote part of the Casey interview in the Sindo, he said: "I intend to run in the next general election in Donegal. And I am going to become a Fianna Fail TD — with a view to becoming Taoiseach at the head of a renewed and revitalised Fianna Fail."
"The Fianna Fail party was always about the people of Ireland, but I believe the party has lost its way in recent years and lost this position, as the party that listens to the ordinary people of Ireland and represents their concerns.”
"I want to be the one that leads Fianna Fail back to its natural home as the party of the people, to get it back on track and to get the party listening again to the real people, to get outside of the bubble of Dublin and Leinster House and the political and media establishment"
Given the words and sentiments being expressed by Mr Casey, I can assure you that the current Fianna Fail TDs in our region, will all have to consider their positions, and decide if they will get off the fence and grow a pair. Not that they have to worry now, because the PC-Brigade (and I don’t mean the Peter Casey Brigade) have already declared that they, and Fianna Fail, will have nothing to do with Casey. The result, as you will know by now, being, that Mr Casey has declared that he will set up his own political party to take on the establishment. Martin and Co may well yet regret their decision to ignore almost one in four voters.
The twelve Fianna Fail TDs in the region are listed below. I have compared their first preference percentage votes at the last general election with the percentage of first preference votes received by Peter Casey in their constituencies.
Cavan/Monaghan - Brendan Smith 14.71% & Niamh Smyth 10.51% - CASEY 18.6%
Donegal - Charlie McConalogue 17.1% & Pat ‘The Cope’ Gallagher 13.91% - CASEY 32.8%
Galway East - Anne Rabbitte 15.31% - CASEY 33.3%
Galway West - Eamon O'Cuiv 14.84% - CASEY 22.8%
Longford/Westmeath - Robert Troy 21.09% - CASEY 31.6%
Mayo - Dara Calleary 14.77% & Lisa Chambers 12.93% - CASEY 31.1%
Roscommon/Galway - Eugene Murphy 14.91% - CASEY 34.5%
Sligo/Leitrim - Marc MacSharry 14.21% & Eamon Scanlon 9.42% - CASEY 26.5%
There are twelve Fianna Fail TDs in the eight constituencies in this region. My money would be on only three, and maybe four of them, actually standing up and speaking their minds on the matter of Peter Casey being involved in Fianna Fail. The remaining eight or possibly nine would see their vote share drop, in today's changing Ireland. There is a very real possibility that the fence sitters could be left out to grass. Those who, I believe, would stand up and be counted in the Fianna Fail ranks are; Charlie McConalogue, Eamon O'Cuiv, and Marc MacSharry, with the 'possible’ fourth being Anne Rabbitte. The remaining eight, in my opinion, are too much part of the political correctness brigade that has emerged in our Ireland today, these people would 'tow the party line' and continue to 'sit on the fence'. Only time will tell...
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