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Sinn Féin, Labour and electoral meltdown

Ronan McGreevy Mon, May 19
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  • 10:59
    Good morning. I'm Ronan McGreevy and I'm running the Liveblog this morning. Apologies for the late start for same.
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    Our Jim Carroll is well known for his perceptive and always entertaining music blog On The Record, but here he turns his attention to the forthcoming elections. The electorate may be in a mood to give the Government a good kicking, but what is the alternative?  



  • 11:43

    The Irish Times/Ipsos MRBI poll is more bad news for Labour. It shows the party facing a wipeout in the European elections. Only Emer Costello looks like holding a seat for the party and she is behind three or four other candidates in the poll. What will it mean for Eamon Gilmore? Fianna Fáil is certain of one of European seat with Brian Crowley expected to canter away, but the party could also win with Mary Fitzpatrick in Dublin and Pat the Cope Gallagher in Midlands-North-West, but it will depend on transfers from his running mate Thomas Byrne.  


    Fianna Fáil is in with a chance of retaining three European Parliament seats but Labour could lose all of its three seats, according to the latest  Irish Times/Ipsos MRBI poll.

    It shows Fine Gael looks on course to retain four Euro seats with Sinn Féin set for a major breakthrough with a good chance of winning three seats in Friday’s election.

    In Dublin, Lynn Boylan of Sinn Féin on 23 per cent and Brian Hayes of Fine Gael on 22 per cent lead the field and are almost certain to be elected.

  • 11:48
    Pat 'the Cope' Gallagher probably believed getting Brian Cowen out on the canvass in his native Offaly was a good idea. Cowen is still popular in his native county, but it does not look good for Michéal Martin. Along with Mary Hanafin's stubborn refusal to stand aside in Blackrock, there are uncomfortable reminders of the party's past.  
  • 12:07

    Sky Sports has announced its team for the GAA coverage. It will be fronted by Rachel Wyse of Sky Sports News and Brian Carney, presenter of Sky Sports rugby leage coverage, who I suspect most of us have never heard of before.

    The presenters will be Dave McIntyre, who currently works with Newstalk, and Mike Finnerty who commented on matches for TV3.  

    The football lead analysts will be Tyrone legend Peter Canavan and former Kildare footballer and Ireland compromise rules manager Paul Earley. The hurling analysts will be Jamsie O'Connor and Nicky English.  


  • 12:12
    Brian Carney is a former Irish rugby union and league international. He now presents Sky Sports rugby league coverage. He is from Cork and played GAA when he was young so should have a good grounding in the games. Sky Sports News GAA coverage debut was less than impressive. Presenter Jim White made a few pronounciations bloopers (i.e Cillian pronounced Sillyan O'Connor) which suggest that he was ignorant of or could not be bothered finding out how to pronounce the names properly.  
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    It only feels like yesterday since out-half Johnny Wilkinson's drop goal won England the World Cup in 2003, but, at the age of 35 (almost), he is calling time on his wonderful career.  

    The Toulon outhalf made the announcement on the club’s website this morning.

    The 34-year-old, who will turn 35 the day after Toulon’s Heineken Cup  final against Saracens on Saturday, has long been expected to call time on his glittering career.

    “I would like to take this opportunity to formally announce my retirement from playing rugby,” he said.

    “It goes without saying that I have an enormous number of people to thank for their support from all around the world but especially here in France and in England."

  • 12:21
    Would you have a logo for your employer inked on to your body. The erstwhile New York Times editor Jill Abrahamson did. Lucy Kellaway does not think it is a good idea. Read it here.
  • 12:22

    Minister for Communications Pat Rabbitte has insisted he does not believe the electorate will “forsake” the Government parties in this week’s local and European elections.

    Mr Rabbitte was speaking in Tallaght this morning following the publication of political opinion polls in The Irish Times and elsewhere which predict a poor showing for the Labour Party.

    “In 2011 we got more than 19 per cent of the vote; 81 per cent of people didn’t vote for us but we’re taking 81 per cent of the criticism,” he said. If all the people who criticise Labour had voted for the party it would have two overall majorities, he added.

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    Michael Noonan has suggested that Labour might do better than the polls would suggest in the elections on Friday.

    The Minister for Finance said in Limerick today: "I think Labour could surprise us on Friday and do quite well."  

    Minister Noonan described the electorate as still quite volatile and believes sill changing their minds even in the last week of the campaign.


  • 13:30

    Senator Rónán Mullen has criticised the removal of excerpts from last night's Prime Time debate with the candidates in the North-Midlands-West constituency.  

    "Last night on Prime Time, I criticised the planned broadcasting charge and the fact that the establishment parties and RTÉ have failed to facilitate any debate on this proposed tax which will be levied on every household in the country. I also challenged the manner in which the RTÉ debate last night was structured and suggested that RTÉ is perhaps too cosy with the political establishment and failed in its statutory obligation to be fair and impartial on this occasion. Today on the RTÉ player my contribution criticising RTE was edited out. Following on from this the programme was removed entirely before being reposted temporarily."

  • 14:29
    Here's our report about the line-up for Sky Sports GAA coverage which is more conspicuous  about who has been left out rather than left in i.e one Paul Galvin. The maverick and now retired Kerry forward was supposed to have been part of the team, but they went for safer options in Peter Canavan and Paul Earley. Sky Sports' coverage will be duller as a result.
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    BREAKING NEWS: Louis Van Gaal has been appointed Manchester United manager. He will have Ryan Giggs as his assistant manager.

    Van Gaal, 62, has signed a three-year contract to succeed David Moyes and will take over after the Netherlands exit the World Cup.  

    It is no surprise that he is taking over. He has an impeccable track record with clubs such as Bayern Munich, Ajax and Barcelona, so a stint at England's biggest club is not likely to faze him.  He said: “I have managed in games at Old Trafford before and know what an incredible arena Old Trafford is and how passionate and knowledgeable the fans are. This club has big ambitions; I too have big ambitions. Together I'm sure we will make history."

  • 16:36

    Dublin City Council is rowing back on plans to put speed bumps on its new flagship cyclepath along Dublin bay.

    The council was investigating the use of the ramps, which it said were used in the Netherlands, to reduce cyclists’ speeds on the Clontarf section of the Sandymount to Sutton (S2S) cyclepath.

    However on examining the Dutch ramps it discovered they were for use on cyclepaths which were shared with mopeds, to reduce the speeds of the motorised vehicles, and were not intended to slow cyclists down.

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    Why does a pint of lager cost more than a soft drink in pubs? That question will be tackled tomorrow night on The Consumer Show. The show found that a pint of lager is, on average, €4.68; a soft drink is €5.  

    The Consumer Show has done its sums and calculated that the average mark up for publicans is 98 per cent on a pint of lager but it’s a much heftier 407 per cent on a 200ml bottle of soft drinks.

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    And that's all for today folks, thanks for dropping by.