Thursday 2 April 2015

Election guide: FG politicians pitch in for applause

Published 15/05/2014 | 02:30

Sean Kelly MEP on the hustings with Enda Kenny recently
Sean Kelly MEP on the hustings with Enda Kenny recently

THE lengths Sean Kelly is willing to go to secure votes in Cork knows no bounds.

Fine Gael's European elections campaign divide is keeping out of the Rebel County, territory assigned to local girl Deirdre Clune.

But Kelly (right with Enda Kenny) is claiming the credit for the €30m grant for the redevelopment of Pairc Ui Chaoimh, the city's ageing GAA ground.

The former GAA president says he was "instrumental in garnering government support for the Pairc Ui Chaoimh project".

"Having personally spoken to Enda Kenny in favour of this project, outlining its importance for Cork, I welcome the confirmation that it will go ahead," he boasted.

Simon Coveney, who sits at the cabinet table where such funding decisions are made, was also talking up the importance, suggesting he is taking the credit.

RYAN PROVES HE'S STILL A HIT WITH THE LADIES

A decade after being branded 'The Thinking Woman's Crumpet', Eamon Ryan is still an object of adoration.

The Green Party leader was surrounded by a bevvy of female candidates at his party's launch of its 'Women in Politics' manifesto.

The Greens boast of having surpassed the 30pc aspirational quota for this election.

"I am delighted that so many women of such calibre are standing for the party in this election," he said. It's all down to you, Eamon.

ENDA IN THE PICTURE FOR A NOBEL PRIZE

Taoiseach Enda Kenny put himself on the shortlist for the Nobel Peace Prize.

Launching the Construction 2020 plan at the National Sports Campus, Kenny witnessed a bit of wrestling between two photographers battling for the same piece of turf.

He stepped in to broker a peace deal, insisting the pair of snappers shake hands.

That's why he's being linked with the big jobs in Europe. He's wasted here.

Send him to the Crimea. He'll sort things out.

Come to think of it: just send him to the Crimea.

MULLEN TAKES POT SHOTS AT RTE IN DEBATE WARS

The debate wars have already broken out.

Independent Ronan Mullen is taking pot shots at RTE over the format of next Sunday's 'Prime Time' debate for Ireland Midlands-North-West, saying it "serves to support the status quo".

"I believe that the current format planned for Sunday night's debate lessens the level of diversity on each debating panel and treats candidates unequally and unfairly."

Mr Mullen has lodged a "formal complaint".

Bosses in Montrose will be quaking in their boots.

Speaking of 'Prime Time', the discussion on the local elections and the power of councillors this week saw the poor councillors and candidates who showed up on the night relegated to seats in the audience, from where they got to make a limited contribution to the debate.

Instead, the questions were put to four TDs: Paudie Coffey of Fine Gael, Michael McNamara (Lab), Barry Cowen (FF) and Brian Stanley (SF).

Irish Independent

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