Thought it'd be good to have a big thread instead of small ones.
So who's the confirmed candidates?
Fidelma Healy Eames
Trevor Ó Clochartaigh
and Thomas Welby and Joe McNamara added to my OP in the Galway West Election Superthread
Niall O'Brolchain(don't know if this is confirmed or not)
Who are you considering voting for?
Who do you think will get elected? (5 seater)
Who do you like/dislike and why?
I'll be voting for the SF candidate first and Connolly and Nolan to get my preferences
Is Michael D stepping down?
Who's even in the running to be SF candidate? It's a bit short notice to be calling it in with an election looking like being 9-10 weeks away.
All told, it's a pretty ****ing depressing list of candidates with O'Cuiv (sic) as the only one who can have any degree of confidence, and that's mainly due to the pension not being hit and the general foibles of Connemara.
píss poor choice.
The only one that inspires any confidence for me is Catherine Connolly. Otherwise as SpongeBob said it's just musical chairs.
TBH it is a prettey dismal list.
FF (scum)will never get a vote off me.
I have no confidence in any of those FG candidates.
Nolan has no experience.
I think O Brolchain is a clown.
It appears Michael D is not running.
The only one there I think may be anyway OK is Connolly, but that is 1 possible seat out of 5.
Very dissapoiting for Galway west IMO, however I might vote in such a way to try and kick FF espically Fahey out, so might have no choice to vote FG................Perhaps the lesser of two evils but saying that things were not much better in the 80's when FG and Labour shared power and there was no banking crisis.
A no win election and everyone of those is only after €92k a year and does not give a fcuk about any of us
After reading that first post I feel like the coach of the Pygmy Basketball Team trying to make a rousing motivational speech at the London Olympics
He's running for presidential candidacy AFAIK
I think that O'Cuiv is definately there. He is very popular among Fianna Fail voters and in Connemara in general.
Grealish will probably get there also. Even though he just pipped Margaret Cox for the 5th seat in 2002, he managed to double his 1st pref votes in 2007.
With McCormack not running, if Healy-Eames maintains her improved vote from the 2002 election to the 2007 election, she may get one of the 3 remaining seats but there is no clear leader among the FG candidates and a lot will rely on transfers.
Michael D was very popular and commanded a lot of votes from non-labour votes - it will be interesting to see how many of Michael D's votes Derek Nolan can pick up.
Michael Crowe was unlucky last time not to oust Frank Fahey and will probably poll better this time round. Catherine Connolly could be the dark horse here - she received 2000 1st preference votes last time round, and with a lot of disallusionment in Fianna Fail & Fine Gael, I think she has a chance of picking up the last seat. I would like to see her elected.
Sinn Fein are leaving it very late to pick a candidate - to have a chance they should be out campaigning already.
Votes & Results from previous elections: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Galway_West_(D%C3%A1il_%C3%89ireann_constituency)
A lot of Michael D voters may be tempted to vote CC, DN and CC might even end up splitting the vote with potential negatives for both.
What's the best way to make sure Crowe and Fahey don't get elected?
O Cuiv will and to be honest I don't mind him as much as if anyone in FF is honest, it's him.
So, how do we make sure the other 2 don't get in?
It's trickier since Michael D isn't running.
What is C.Connolly's stance regarding the Galway By Pass?
Thought i read somewhere before that she is opposed to it, but i'm open to correction. If she is, i'll be adding her to the long list of people i won't be voting for.
I hope you're not a one-issue swing voter. We need smart voting this time.
That is a vital issue for the City, so i don't want anyone elected that can do the cause any damage.
but we need to be voting for politicians who are looking to what they can do on the national level. Local politics shouldn't really come into it.