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Leader of Fianna Fail Micheal Martin pictured with MEP Brian Crowley at the party’s Ard Fheis in Killarney in 2014

The Irish Examiner yesterday revealed that Cork MEP Brian Crowley will be entitled to severance payments of more than €350,000 over the next two years and a pension pot of €1.4m

Mr Crowley, who was not able to attend any parliament sessions since the last elections in 2014 due to illness, will be entitled to a pension lump sum worth 1.5 times a politician’s salary.

Bebe writes:

This is appalling – Brian Crowley has not been in a position to attend the EU parliament since 2014 and it’s likely his hospitalisation over three and half years or so saw two thirds of the bill paid for – and like others he most likely had his private health premium paid for him.

Most people with a disability will explain how the dye is cast against them – I’m sick of such attitudes and arrogance  that causes him to hold his seat – take the salary – while not in a position to attend.

So many are in worse situations than Crowley don’t even have the basic standards of needs met in this ever restricting economy – some have no home.

MEP Brian Crowley to get €350k payout and €1.4m pension (Elaine Loughlin, Irish Examiner)


This morning.

That facial expression.

Royal College of Physicians, Kildare Street Dublin.

Fianna Fáil party leader Micheál Martin launching his party’s European Election Manifesto with Director of Elections, Lisa Chambers (white top) and Billy Kelleher (yellow tie), Anne Rabbitte (red top), Malcolm Byrne (purple tie), Brendan Smith (front right) and Barry Andrews (back left) – the five candidates nominated to contest the election on May 24.

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has said that his party is targeting a minimum of three seats in the European Parliament elections on 24 May.

He vowed that Fianna Fáil’s five candidates would seek to protect core EU values, such as a free media and an independent judiciary across the EU.

….He said that others are seeking to undermine the union and are continuing to spread conspiracy theories about EU militarisation.

FF targeting at least 3 seats in European elections – Martin (RTÉ)



Rabbitte, eh?


From top: Taoiseach Leo Varadkar; Fianna Fail leader Micheál Martin; Instructions via Whatsapp to Fine Gael staffers

“How can we trust Micheál Martin on health? He established the HSE.”

“Why should we trust FF? They destroyed the economy.”

“Will Bertie Ahern ever run for the Arás (sic) on the FF ticket?”

“Is the talent there on the FF frontbenchers (sic)? Outside of Micheál Martin and a handful of others you don’t have many household names.

“On housing Darragh O Brien (sic) constantly criticizes (sic) Eoghan Murphys (sic) background – is it right to always play the man and not the ball?”

“Are you feeling the pressure from your own backbenchers?”

“Why should we trust FF on housing?”

“Do FF have a clear, stated policy on personal taxation?”

Above are a series of suggested questions that were sent from Fine Gael’s digital team to party members last Thursday evening via WhatsApp.

Sunday Business Post journalist Hugh O’Connell reported yesterday that the Fine Gael members were instructed to send these questions – or reworded versions of them – into Newstalk during a live interview with Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin last Friday.

Mr O’Connell reported:

“Leaked WhatsApp messages seen by The Sunday Business Post show that dozens of Fine Gael staff and activists were told by the party’s digital team to reword suggested questions ‘in your own voice’ as ‘we don’t want to make it obvious it’s coming from us’.

“They were also told to avoid using email addresses with either Fine Gael or Young Fine Gael in them.”

Meanwhile, from the vaults

The Fine Gael online campaign team during the 2011 general election.

Good times.

Previously: Fine Gael’s Frape Room

Former junior minister Barry Andrews has been selected as the party’s candidate for the upcoming European elections in Dublin.mr Andrews beat competition from ex-ministers Mary Hanafin and Conor Lenihan and marriage equality campaigner Tiernan Brady to get the nomination.

His father, David Andrews, was TD for Dún Laoghaire between 1965 and 2002 and minister for foreign affairs on two separate occasions…

His cousin, Chris Andrews, was also a Fianna Fáil TD for Dublin South East from 2007 to 2011…and is now a Sinn Féin member of Dublin City Council.

Niall Andrews – Barry’s uncle and Chris’s father – was a TD for Dublin South between 1977 and 1987, and also served as a Fianna Fáil MEP for Dublin for 20 years…

Barry Andrews: European candidate plucked from Fianna Fáil royalty (Irish Times)


Across from Tiernan, in Column B, you have three former ministers, each seeking a return to national politics after some time away though, to be fair to Mary Hanafin she did get back into local politics as a councillor for Blackrock in 2014.

All three former ministers, each carrying a family name with strong political associations: Barry Andrews, Mary Hanafin and Conor Lenihan have not just proved their capabilities as Ministers, they each have admirable ministerial records

On this basis it can be argued that the Fianna Fáil in Dublin cannot avoid picking a strong candidate, but – and this is why I lump the three ex-ministers together and describe the choice as binary – the perceived strengths of the three amigos is also their collective weakness.

Reading the campaign emails and social media posts announcing their candidacies, it was easy to mistake one for the other. Each claimed their time as a minister, their Dáil experience and their recognised family name as a unique qualification to run, but the “unique” strengths which they each see as defining them barely separates them.

It is 15 years since Fianna Fáil last won a European Parliament seat in Dublin with Eoin Ryan (in 2004). That is a long time.

If Fianna Fáil wants to win a seat in Dublin this time – and it needs to – then it must reach out beyond its existing hinterland and attract voters who not have seen Fianna Fáil as speaking to or for them. Only one of the candidates on offer has the proven ability to do this.

The seat will not be won by nostalgically getting the old band back together to play some favourites – no matter how much some of us may care for the tune. The choice is clear.

Derek Mooney (What Separates Brady From The Bunch, January 22)



It’s time Fianna Fáil ended its backing for the Varadkar regime, amirite.


Related: Sinn Féin defends decision to attend Maduro inauguration  (Jennifer Bray, The Irish Times, (January 10, 2019)

Previously: Bryan Wall: Oily Business


Fianna Fáil TD Robert Troy

Asked about his reputation as a so-called ‘ladies’ man’, he replied: “Sometimes someone’s reputation can supersede them. Put it this way, if I was with all the women I was alleged to have been with, I would have had a very exciting number of years.’


FF transport spokesman: I used to drink and drive, but was not a ‘ladies’ man'(Indpendent.ie)

Fianna Fáil’s Robert Troy Gives His Most Honest Interview Ever (Hot Press)