Shane Ross: "Empty promises"

This is an edited version of his speech to the Dáil on the nomination of Enda Kenny as Taoiseach in which Shane Ross welcomes the integrity of the new government, but fears that it will end up being similar to the last one. [There's a Wordle below highlighting the most-used words in this speech]

An avalanche of public goodwill is moving in the direction of the Government and I hope and pray that it will capitalise on it and fulfil the faith which has been put in it by the Irish electorate.

 

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The automated answer system down at O2 command centre in Clare is right up there in the dulcet-o-meter. But wouldn't it be great if they had Shyrka? A quick Wikipeda tells me that Kelly Ricard was cast as Shyrka in the English version of Ulysees. Someone in O2 should look her up. I might be inclined to call more.

Fine Gael and Labour form 'Government for National Recovery'

Members of the Fine Gael parliamentary party and some 1.000 Labour Party delegates endorsed a Programme for Goverment at separate party conferences today. The Programme was unanimously endorsed by Fine Gael, while Labour delegates overwhelmingly endorsed the Programme. Members of Labour spoke in support of and in opposition to the Programme before a show of hands settled the outcome. [Video of Labour conference & PDF of Programme are below]

Politico calls the election!

Malachy Browne's internal tipping machine has come out with the composition of the 31st Dail at: Fine Gael 79 seats, Labour 31, Independents 21, Fianna Fail 22, Sinn Fein 12, and one lonely Green - Eamon Ryan in Dublin South. 

And so Election Day has arrived. Some two million people will cast their vote today, and if polls are right, 800,000 of us will choose a Fine Gael candidate over any other. Below, an overview of the campaign, and Politico's predictions. Argument is welcome!

Galway East

Galway East

  • No of Seats: 4
  • No of Male Candidates: 11
  • No of Female Candidates: 2
  • Total number of GE11 candidates: 13
  • No of TDs standing: 1
  • No of Senators standing: 1
  • No of Councillors standing: 6
  • No of MEPs standing: 0
  • No of Seats: 4
  • Population (2006): 100629
  • Population per TD: 25157
  • Average Population per TD: 25541
  • Variance (from average): -384
  • % Variance: -1.50%

Galway West

Galway West

  • No of Seats: 5
  • No of Male Candidates: 14
  • No of Female Candidates: 3
  • Total number of GE11 candidates: 17
  • No of TDs standing: 3
  • No of Senators standing: 2
  • No of Councillors standing: 6
  • No of MEPs standing: 0
  • No of Seats: 5
  • Population (2006): 131041
  • Population per TD: 26208
  • Average Population per TD: 25541
  • Variance (from average): 667
  • % Variance: 2.61%

Kerry North-West Limerick

Kerry North-West Limerick

  • No of Seats: 3
  • No of Male Candidates: 9
  • No of Female Candidates: 2
  • Total number of GE11 candidates: 11
  • No of TDs standing: 3
  • No of Senators standing: 0
  • No of Councillors standing: 2
  • No of MEPs standing: 0
  • No of Seats: 3
  • Population (2006): 77492
  • Population per TD: 25831
  • Average Population per TD: 25541
  • Variance (from average): 290
  • % Variance: 1.13%

Kerry South

Kerry South

  • No of Seats: 3
  • No of Male Candidates: 8
  • No of Female Candidates: 2
  • Total number of GE11 candidates: 10
  • No of TDs standing: 2
  • No of Senators standing: 0
  • No of Councillors standing: 5
  • No of MEPs standing: 0
  • No of Seats: 3
  • Population (2006): 75489
  • Population per TD: 25163
  • Average Population per TD: 25541
  • Variance (from average): -378
  • % Variance: -1.48%

Kildare North

Kildare North

  • No of Seats: 4
  • No of Male Candidates: 10
  • No of Female Candidates: 2
  • Total number of GE11 candidates: 12
  • No of TDs standing: 4
  • No of Senators standing: 0
  • No of Councillors standing: 4
  • No of MEPs standing: 0
  • No of Seats: 4
  • Population (2006): 106500
  • Population per TD: 26625
  • Average Population per TD: 25541
  • Variance (from average): 1084
  • % Variance: 4.24%

Kildare South

Kildare South

  • No of Seats: 3
  • No of Male Candidates: 8
  • No of Female Candidates: 0
  • Total number of GE11 candidates: 8
  • No of TDs standing: 3
  • No of Senators standing: 0
  • No of Councillors standing: 2
  • No of MEPs standing: 0
  • No of Seats: 3
  • Population (2006): 79835
  • Population per TD: 26612
  • Average Population per TD: 25541
  • Variance (from average): 1071
  • % Variance: 4.19%

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