In Your Own Time


Whatever works for you.

Take the whole Summer.

It’s only DEMOCRACY after all.

Recheck of votes in Ireland South to take place today with a possible month-long full recount (EchoLive)

Earlier: Where’s Dan?

Graph via Gerry Mulvenny

30 thoughts on “In Your Own Time

  1. Zaccone

    Apparently the recheck of 200,000 votes only resulted in Ni Riada picking up one vote.

    So now they’re going for a full recount, that will take a month, and at an estimated cost of €1m to the state. Just because Sinn Fein don’t like losing.

    Its a ridiculous waste of time and money.

    1. Andrew

      Irish MEPs EACH claimed €600,000 in expenses during their last 5 year terms in Brussels.
      This is on top of their €105,000 salary, a €24,943 monthly allowance to pay staff, and a severance package of up to €210,000.
      High stakes for Ms. Ni Ríada. She won’t see that kind of cash again

      1. Pip

        An eye-watering 2.8 million over the five years.
        Odds of 31,580 rounded down for the odd treat.
        Works out at well over half a million a year all in.
        Tis no wonder…

      2. Dhaughton99

        She will see the likes of that cash if her party mates went back to bank robbing and laundering diesel.

      3. eoin

        The counting hall is being sealed until next Tuesday.

        Wanted: professional arsonist for small premises job. Willing to pay up to €2.9m for 100% destruction.

      1. Jeffrey

        Lunches probably will consist of Lobsters on bed of caviar, all this sprinkled with a fine Moet.

  2. jonsmoke

    ah sure flick a coin or pull a name from a hat, it won’t make any difference which one actually gets in!

  3. MaryLou's ArmaLite

    It looks like SF/IRA are in total denial about their decline.

    Or maybe it just wasn’t enough to refuse to take their seats in Westminster, refuse to partake in the Stormont assembly, refuse to go into government in Ireland, now they want to refuse someone else taking their seat in the European parliament.

    People see them for what they are – Belligerent gangsters

    1. Vanessa the Holy Face of Frilly Keane

      Ah would ya give over

      As if Billie wasn’t already geared up for a challenge if Gracie Green stayed over him after Byrne’s transfers

    2. MaryLou's ArmaLite

      People don’t want to vote for a party that won’t take its seats when elected.

  4. eoin

    Movie idea: Interstellar 2: in a last resort for the valiant defence of democracy, a group of fearless Corkonians pass through a black hole at Ballydehob and ensconce themselves in the Ireland South count centre where every minute equates to an hour along the space-time continuum in the Ireland on the other side of the black hole where we’re avidly following the broadcast of every twist and turn of the count. After a month, the fearless counters emerge back through the black hole with a final tally – and here’s the twist – only to find that equates to five years and is just in time for the 2024 European elections.

    1. Vanessa the Holy Face of Frilly Keane

      Ahhh but Eoin

      This isn’t any oul Count Centre

      This is Nemo Rangers

      The home turf of
      Dinny Allen
      Stephen O’Brien
      Tony Nation
      Colm Corkery
      Joe Kavanagh
      Billy Morgan
      The Kerrigans

      Bitta respect


  5. RuilleBuille

    According to the mass media Sinn Fein ‘demanded’ a recount. Meanwhile Fianna Fáil were ‘granted’ a recount.

  6. Vanessa the Holy Face of Frilly Keane

    What did I promise ye!!!!

    The Real Capital
    of Recounts

  7. Sydney T

    Whatever about the electronic voting machine fiasco and the good reasons for not going there again, why hasn’t someone developed software to scan, decipher and categorise ballot papers? The technology is definitely there.
    Transfers could be done quite simply with a couple of lines of code. It would improve the accuracy and speed of counts and decrease the cost.

    1. Mickey Twopints

      In a country where Healey-Rae, Frances Fitzgerald, and Lowry can be returned by the electorate, where O’Broadband continues to baste in the taxpayers largesse, a housing minister who can’t get houses built, a disaster of a health service presided over by a leader who is himself a medical doctor, defence forces subsisting on social welfare payments, a health minister building the most expensive hospital on the planet, what could possibly go wrong?

    2. realPolithicks

      Those kind of voting machines are already in use here in Brookline, Massachusetts. You check the boxes you want on the ballot paper then run it through the scanner and your votes are registered.

  8. Truth in the News

    If the Cork votes were counted in a couple days, how can take 28 days and cost a
    million, who is codding who, there is also another issue, the employment of Electoral
    Station Presiding Officers and Poll Clerks, these positions should be advertised
    and filled by Public Competition and those on the live register recruited first
    Are those who are in receipt of pensions or retired public servant’s being employed
    The running of elections is costing an arm and a leg, some County Councils lay
    great emphasis on volunteering, how come its not pursued in this instance

    1. Joe Small

      Do you really think someone on the Live register will really be better qualified to preside over elections than someone with 30-40 years of working in the Irish administration and who knows it backwards?

  9. eoin

    Sorry for Liadh Ni Riada, she was an active MEP on behalf of Ireland and Ireland South.

    Be interesting to see how the rest pans out. Will FG be leapfrogged and get the reserve/Brexit seat?

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