Last Wednesday’s RTÉ aired the “Two Tribes” documentary , about the diverging paths taken by Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael in the post-civil war landscape and their political dominance over the last 100 years. To our surprise, there was a very short clip of the Fine Gael leader Garret Fitzgerald’s visit to Millstreet.
I’m guessing it’s in the run-up to the 1987 General Election, but I’m open to correction. Does anyone recognise any of the faces?
We have just had numerous events to commemorate the Rising and rightly so. But 1916 without the 1918 Election result would be almost a non-event and this election is not listed as one of the events that’s highlighted for commemoration during ‘the decade of Commemorations.’ In fact it is never commemorated. It was the endorsement of 1916 by the electorate in 1918 that made 1916 the event it was. Otherwise it would have been a failure like ’98, 1803, ’48, and ’67. It therefore deserves a fairly prominent commemoration. Up to a few months ago there were 974 books listed in the NLI on 1916 and well over a 1000 by now but not a single one on the 1918 Election! I wonder will there be at least one book published on it before 2018?
It is impossible to understand subsequent events such as the War of the Independence and the so-called Civil War without appreciating the 1918 Election. That was the seminal event of the period. It endorsed the Rebellion and was the basis for Interdependence.
All the critics of 1916 who go on about the lack of a mandate should be lauding 1918 but they are strangely muted about it. The results of any General Election can hardly be ignored but that is exactly what happened in 1918 and the more one thinks about it the more extraordinary it becomes. [read more …] “The 1918 Election – an Ignored Centenary?”
Sincere thanks, Áine, for the truly magnificent dedication and splendid commitment you have so enthusiastically demonstrated over the past five years as our Local Fine Gael T.D. in the tremendous promotion of Millstreet, its environs and well beyond. Your heartfelt interest and most helpful approach have been so very evident in all that you have achieved as Government Representative. We have been so blessed to have had such an efficiently operated Local Office on our Main Street with wonderfully obliging Staff Members. We know that someone of your calibre, genuine interest and leadership qualities will continue to inspire our great nation and our very own community in the years ahead. Míle, míle buíochas, Áine. We also congratulate Michael Creed, Michael Moynihan and Aindrias Moynihan on their recent election to Dáil Éireann. (S.R.)
Updates from RTÉ at the Count Centre in Coláiste Choilm, Ballincollig (give it a few seconds to load up):
Please note that there are some spammy tweets in the middle of the feed. We can’t do much about them. Best to just ignore them, and concentrate on the relevant messages. Tweets about #cknw OR #CorkNorthWest
We share a selection of images from the 2016 General Election Day in Millstreet – including views of the various posters, people going to vote, shopping and shopping promotions continue as normal. Click on the images to enlarge. (S.R.)
Tomorrow, Friday the 26th of February is General Election day when the people take to the polling booths to make their choices as to who the want to represent them locally, and indirectly what party / parties will make up the 32nd Dáil.
So we’re asking who will you vote for in Cork North West tomorrow?
the poll is anonymous
you can choose up to three candidates from the list below
more detail on each candidate can is can be seen in a previous article (here)
Update: 26th Feb: Thanks to all those that voted in our poll. The poll closed before voting started this morning. It makes for interesting reading, as previous polls we did happened to be very accurate. We’ll see what happenens in the real thing!
And we’re off: Taoiseach Enda Kenny dissolved the 31st Dáil this morning, setting in motion the General Election for 2016 for Friday 26th February. Below are the twelve candidates declared for our Cork North-West constituency, of which three will be elected. Click on the photos to see a one minute video from each of the candidates.
Jason Fitzgerald (Renua), Nigel Dennehy (Sinn Féin), Michael Moynihan (Fianna Fáil), Andrias Moynihan (Fianna Fáil)
Steven O’Riordan (Independent), Áine Collins (Fine Gael), Michael O’Donnell(Communist Party of Ireland (new candidate)), Michael Creed (Fine Gael)
Shirley Griffin (Independent/People’s Convention), Diarmuid O’Flynn (Independent Alliance), John Paul O’Shea (Independent), Cormac Manning (Green Party)
Jerry O’Sullivan (Independent)
See what the Cork North West candidates are tweeting about with Marie Collins’ list (here)
I’m writing to you In relation to the possibility of putting my name forward as an Independent Candidate for the 2016 General Election.
My name is Steven O’ Riordan and I’m a member of Millstreet Macra. I’m the brother of disability activist Joanne O’ Riordan who was born without limbs. My background is in the Arts and my political interests are social and human rights issues.
I’m currently looking for help in mounting a campaign that would result in taking a seat within the Cork North West area.
The campaign would be run on a number of issues, these include; Disability, Young People, Urban V Rural Ireland, Dail Reform, Immigrants, Sport & The Arts.
I’m probably best known for my work on the issue of the Magdalene Laundries and my most recent documentary “No Limbs No Limits” The Joanne O’ Riordan. I was a key figure in securing the state apology for the women of the Magdalene Laundries. Over the years I have also used my ability to ensure that people with disabilities live in a society that is inclusive. You can see this in my local area where I was successful in getting the County Council to make all public buildings & footpaths wheelchair accessible.
The best of luck to Steven O’Riordan, who will run as an Independent in the forthcoming General Election (due by April 2016), and who is hoping to take a seat in our three-seat Cork North West constituency.
Steven said the policies of both Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael parties “simply do not work”, that he wants to “give something back” to the people who have helped his family over the years, and “I want people to be proud of the TDs they elect. The people of Cork North West and Ireland deserve better.”
In the run up to the 2011 General Election. LTV2 ran party political broadcasts from a number of the candidates in the Cork North West Constituency. The Sinn Féin broadcast has appeared up on youTube and can be seen below: [read more …] “LTV2 – Des O’Grady”
If you’re not in the count centre in Macroom tonight, you can follow the up to the minute Cork North West Election General Election 2011 count on RTE’s website, and see how your candidate is getting on.
Final Results are in. Congrats to Áine Collins who is the first TD from Millstreet since Tom Meaney retired in 1982. (full results below)
It’s been a strange day on the politics front. This morning out sitting TD and Minister for Enterprise Batt O’Keeffe was being praised in the Irish Independent as being top dog in Munster, and quoted in today’s Examiner that he was going to contest the coming election. By lunch time news broke that he was quitting politics altogether after yesterday denying that he was considering quitting. (Locals knew there was something up when the Fianna Fáil convention in Millstreet last Monday to select candidates was cancelled at short notice).
Ann Foley, a single mother of one and a postgraduate student in International Relations at UCC, from Newmarket, will be officially announced this week as a People Before Profit candidate for the Cork North West constituency.
The newly formed United Left Alliance (ULA) will hold a meeting in Cork this week to launch its pre-election policies, in the Metropole Hotel, McCurtain Street, Wednesday 12th at 7.30pm. The Alliance is set to contest more than 20 constituencies in the upcoming general election. (The United Left Alliance is an amalgamation of the Socialist Party, People Before Profit Alliance, and Workers and Unemployed Action Group)
God only knows when the next General Election may happen, but the papers are saying that Áine Collins will be on the voting card for FG in the next election and looks like getting in at the expense of FF:
“Newmarket-based Gerard Murphy, who contested the 2007 election for Fine Gael in the north of the constituency, has already withdrawn his name from the race. Áine Collins, who runs a financial services company in Millstreet, is the front-runner to win the party’s nomination for a candidate in the north of the constituency. A Fine Gael insider said that she would offer voters a fresh perspective.” – Evening Echo
“With just under 50 per cent of the vote, the FG team of Michael Creed and Áine Collins are sure of two seats.” – Irish Independent