Newly ratified DUP leader Edwin Poots at Dublin Castle last year
“They took photographs of blown up border posts to impose upon Northern Ireland people a harshest form of customs, and an internal market that doesn’t exist anywhere else in the world.
“They’re going to starve Northern Ireland people of medicines, no less, cancer drugs and other materials such as the food that’s on our table.
“And I’d say that’s a shame on the Irish Government that they done that. And that belongs to Fine Gael under the leadership of Leo Varadkar and Simon Coveney. So relationships are really, really bad with the Irish Government as a consequence”
A promising start.
DUP leader Edwin Poots says Irish Government will ‘starve’ NI of medicine (RTE)
He wanted to be the ‘voice for the generation locked out of the housing market’.
How’s that going?
Via Irish Independent.ie:
…the Price Property Register shows the Fine Gael barrister and his wife bought a house three years ago in Clonskeagh in South County Dublin for €730,000.
House prices in Dublin have risen 2.8pc in the last year with the median price in the capital now standing at €390,000 and rising to €540,000 in Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown.
While he is running to be elected in Dublin Bay South, Mr Geoghegan’s home in the neighbouring Dublin Rathdown constituency.
‘Voice for generation locked out of housing market’ Fine Gael candidate lives in €730,000 house in different constituency (Independent.ie)
Yesterday: Local Man Not Local
James Geoghegan (centre) flanked by Simon Harris and Frances Fitzgerald in Ranelagh village
Sandymount Strand, Dublin 4.
A Fine Gael Dublin Bay South by-election photo shoot with, top from left: Tanaiste Leo Varadkar, Frances Fitzgerald MEP and the party’s candidate James Geoghegan.
Thanks Sauvignon Blanc
The novel suggestion of introducing ‘wheelchair accessible’ park benches was made by Galway City Fine Gael Councillor Clodagh Higgins.
To help the disabled get that prized middle seat?
Or deter the homeless from having a kip?
We may never know.
Today with Claire Byrne on RTÉ Radio One.
Kate O’Connell said over the years she has faced personalised commentary and attacks on her and thinks there was a “pushback” against her to replace her.
At one Fine Gael meeting, she said, her team arrived before her and someone had got a sod of turf and was going to present it to her in front of people at the meeting.
She said that was “designed to diminish” and tell her she was “not from here” but from the country.
She said a sign was also erected outside her pharmacy pointing towards the M50 saying “Westmeath this way“.
Ms O’Connell said attempts were made to label her as “undesirable, unsuitable and not good enough”.
O’Connell will not run in Dublin Bay South by-election (RTÉ)
Fine Gael’s Maria Byrne (left) and Fianna Fáil’s Gerry Horkan
In the Seanad by-elections.
Fianna Fáil’s Gerry Horkan was elected to the Industrial and Commercial Panel, receiving 114 first preference votes and was elected on the first count, with the quota set at 101.5.
Green Party Chairperson Hazel Chu, who contested the election as an independent, got 10 votes.
Fine Gael’s Byrne, from Limerick, won a seat on the Agriculture Panel receiving 118 votes, finishing well ahead of Independent candidate Ian Marshall, who got 69 votes
It’s a beautiful thing.
Byrne and Horkan elected to Seanad following by-election (RTÉ)
From top: Minister for Justice Helen McEntee and former justice minister Charlie Flanagan; Tullow solicitor Mary Morrissey’s appointment in July to the Circuit Court bench as reported by The Carlow Nationalist
Via The Sunday Times:
Several District Court judges also applied for the vacancy on the Circuit Court bench that was filled by [Mary] Morrissey, a solicitor who once worked in a law firm with Charlie Flanagan, the previous Fine Gael minister for justice. Last week The Sunday Times revealed that Morrissey canvassed for a Fine Gael councillor in the local elections in 2019.
The Sunday Times has learnt that at least three candidates for the post were approved by the JAAB, but McEntee brought only one name to cabinet. She has declined to say whether she discussed the other names with the taoiseach and Ryan or with Leo Varadkar, the tanaiste and leader of Fine Gael. “Discussions between ministers are confidential,” McEntee said.
The taoiseach would not comment on whether he was aware the JAAB had approved more than one candidate. A government spokesman said: “The minister for justice recommended Mary Morrissey and the cabinet agreed. The normal process was followed and she informed the taoiseach.”
Several judges put in bids for Circuit Court post handed to Mary Morrissey (Stephen O’Brien, Sunday Times)