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Eddie Colgan (3rd from left) introduced the ULA's newly elected TD's at their first press conferecne today. Paddy Healy (speaking 1st on right) is representing his brother Séamus Healy of WUAG/ULA.
national / elections / politics / press release Tuesday March 08, 2011 09:56 by Michael Gallagher   image 4 images
Via ULA Press Release March 7th 2011.

People voted out Fianna Fáil but new government offers more of the same.

United Left Alliance will be the radical opposition in the Dáil and will advocate strategy of people power protest against austerity read full story / add a comment
national / elections / politics / opinion/analysis Saturday March 05, 2011 13:52 by Graduate   text 36 comments (last - monday april 25, 2011 15:23)   video 1 video file   1 attached file
FF, FG, Labour, ex-PDs, and other shades of establishement opinion are putting themselves forward as 'independents' in the upcoming election to Seanad Éireann. The mask of 'disability campaigner' or 'human rights advocate' is unfortunately the last refuge of some of them. This is most obvious on the university constituencies. Here I have outlined the party loyalties of some of them. read full story / add a comment
dublin / elections / politics / news report Friday March 04, 2011 14:50 by Red Wedge   text 9 comments (last - monday march 07, 2011 14:33)
Voters should contact TDs if they reject FG led government, says Labour Party Cllr. read full story / add a comment
national / elections / politics / opinion/analysis Monday February 28, 2011 15:17 by Swing O'Meter   text 19 comments (last - tuesday march 01, 2011 22:16)
While the United Left Alliance got five TDs elected, its percentage vote has actually fallen since the disastrous 2007 election. read full story / add a comment
national / elections / politics / news report Friday February 25, 2011 15:22 by Madam K   video 3 video files
The first Re:Public2011 event in the Button Factory on the 15th of February was such a great success., we have been encouraged to hold another big Dublin debate as soon as possible. It was a full house and had really great energy. The audience were amazing. We trended on Twitter because people were tweeting so much. The candidates all seemed to enjoy the opportunity to engage. We hope that after they are elected and sitting in the Dail, they will still enjoy that opportunity, because the next Dublin debate will be with elected TDs read full story / add a comment
A punk rocker for the Dáil?
national / elections / politics / news report Thursday February 24, 2011 19:46 by Dunk   text 10 comments (last - sunday march 13, 2011 19:42)   image 5 images   video 5 video files
Dylan Haskins is running as an Independent in Dublin South East. He's young, idealistic and already done many interesting things in his 23 years, from being a DIY punk setting up an all ages punk music gig venue to film making to helping set up Exchange in Dublin. Now he's running for election in tomorrows Irish elections.

Young and naive, perhaps. But a positive breath of fresh air, absolutely. Ireland is fucked at present, maybe Dylan and his bold (anarcho)punk inspired ideas might be exactly whats needed to get things on track? read full story / add a comment
dublin / elections / politics / opinion/analysis Thursday February 24, 2011 19:22 by Peter Geoghegan   text 3 comments (last - saturday february 26, 2011 14:59)
Beyond the political and financial classes, Irish people’s response to the crisis has surprised many on the Left, especially in the UK. Looking to riots in Greece last year, and more tangentially, the revolts spreading like wildfire across the Middle East, why, they ask, has Ireland not been more restive? Why, with joblessness running at over 13% and 1,000 people emigrating every week, did it take two years, and the intervention of the IMF, for mass street protests to take place? Where is the anger, why has Yeats’s ‘passionate intensity’ been monopolized by Fine Gael, a party of the rural and middle classes? read full story / add a comment
The gap energy efficiency will have to fill
national / elections / politics / feature Thursday February 24, 2011 08:50 by T   text 5 comments (last - tuesday march 08, 2011 15:07)   image 6 images   audio 1 audio file
Given it is just days away from the election and a new government, most likely to be led by Fine Gael, many are probably wondering what exactly is the current state of Ireland and what are the prospects for recovery. In short, things are bad and a recovery is very unlikely. There are also wider and bigger global issues and we are unprepared and should be doing something about it now. read full story / add a comment
Hope Less
national / elections / politics / news report Wednesday February 23, 2011 22:48 by Kerry Worker   text 1 comment (last - thursday march 03, 2011 16:19)   image 6 images
national / elections / politics / press release Tuesday February 22, 2011 13:47 by saoirse
In a statement the President of Republican Sinn Féin Des Dalton called for a spoil vote campaign in the forthcoming 26-County election to highlight the need for a radical and revolutionary change to the political system: read full story / add a comment
The Dun Laoghaire May 2007 Election Counts
national / elections / politics / opinion/analysis Friday February 18, 2011 17:54 by T   text 3 comments (last - tuesday february 22, 2011 12:58)   image 1 image
With the election coming up many people are planning to firmly boot Fianna Failure out and there is strong indications that people are not happy with any of the main parties. Therefore we should see the smaller parties and the independents having a real chance. But do they or can this unravel because of the way we pick our preference votes? read full story / add a comment
Text side
cork / elections / politics / opinion/analysis Friday February 18, 2011 00:28 by FSB!   text 2 comments (last - friday may 06, 2011 12:02)   image 3 images
Dan Boyle, formerly Bertie Ahern's choice for senator, is running for election in Cork South Central once again. This means he has to present a justification of his and his party's record as part of this government we've suffered for getting on four years. One of the ways he has been doing this is through his election literature, some of which I received in the post only this morning. After reading it, I must say I was surprised at the level of grandiose self-delusion on display in this leaflet! read full story / add a comment
national / elections / politics / opinion/analysis Thursday February 17, 2011 18:40 by ordinary citizen   text 6 comments (last - saturday february 19, 2011 17:10)
How practical in the short term is idea of an anarchist state?
Does not voting not actually keep the right wing parties in power read full story / add a comment
sligo / elections / politics / opinion/analysis Thursday February 17, 2011 13:03 by Bakunin   video 1 video file
It might seem like a contradiction in terms, but this Anarchist explains his strategy for voting in the forthcoming general election in the Sligo North Leitrim Constituency. read full story / add a comment
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national / elections / politics / news report Tuesday February 15, 2011 11:12 by DCW   text 2 comments (last - friday february 18, 2011 10:09)   image 2 images
Beyond the pale, Beyond belief, Beyond a joke, BEYOND THE VOTE! read full story / add a comment
national / elections / politics / opinion/analysis Monday February 14, 2011 17:49 by RSC
Dear politician,

Economically speaking we are being sold out by our elected representatives via the nationalisation of bank debt, while anything of value – such as our oil and gas resources - are given away via privatization.

Socially we are losing a generation to emigration, most of whom will never return, nor will have any economic reason to do so without a reversal of how this nation is managed.

Now in a state of desperation for employment, any environmental sacrifices dictated by private infrastructural projects will be justified by the offer of temporary construction jobs – crumbs off the plate while the corporations feast on our rich natural resources. read full story / add a comment
national / elections / politics / opinion/analysis Sunday February 13, 2011 14:01 by ordinary citizen   text 6 comments (last - thursday october 06, 2011 22:18)
These times we live in require people with initiative in positions of power. People who can come at a problem from different angles and don’t necessarily play by the rules. read full story / add a comment
national / elections / politics / opinion/analysis Friday February 11, 2011 13:30 by Celtic Warrior   text 9 comments (last - wednesday february 23, 2011 23:35)
The Peoples movement calls for its supperters to vote for and to help 4 independent councillors to be elected in Dublin, Sligo, Donygal and Galway. This is vital in order to ensure that a number of politicans are elected with principled policies on the EU and leaving the Euro currency and on taking the Icelandic approach to solving our banking debt. read full story / add a comment
national / elections / politics / press release Wednesday February 09, 2011 21:22 by Charlie Williams   text 9 comments (last - sunday february 20, 2011 16:14)
Fís Nua (http://fisnua.com/) lanched its election candidates on 5 Feb 2011 in Buswells Hotel, Dublin. Fís Nua is Ireland's newest political party and was entered on the official Register of Political Parties on 4th Feb 2011. F?s Nua stands for an end to the bank bailout, for social justice, sustainability, a steady state economy, greater democracy with devolution of power and an end to corruption. Cordelia N'c Fhearraigh welcomed everyone to the launch and introduced Cllr. Pat Kavanagh who made an opening statement. Each of the candidates then made introductory comments about their reasons for standing for Dail Eireann. Those candidates are (left to right): Ian Clotworthy - Dublin South East, Gerry Kinsella - Wexford, Pat Kavanagh - Wexford, Liam Johnston - Dublin Central, Dr. Ben Nutty - Waterford, Donal O'Riordan - Cork South West. read full story / add a comment
international / elections / politics / opinion/analysis Wednesday February 09, 2011 19:40 by john throne   text 6 comments (last - tuesday february 15, 2011 15:33)
Large numbers in polls show opposition to the IMF/EU bail out. Yet the ULA while doing well is not able to come close to this level of support . Why is this? We try and raise some questions in this regard here. read full story / add a comment
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