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Thread: Labour chooses Eamonn Maloney as Pat Rabbitte's running mate in Dublin South West

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    Default Labour chooses Eamonn Maloney as Pat Rabbitte's running mate in Dublin South West

    Cllr Eamonn Maloney was tonight selected to run in the next general election for the Labour Party in Dublin South West, he'll be on the ballot paper along with sitting Labour TD Pat Rabbitte.

    Maloney took the second seat in the recent local elections for Labour in Tallaght South.

    Pat Rabbitte was elected on the second count in the last General Election (in 2007), taking the third seat behind Conor Lenihan FF and Brian Hayes FG who were both elected on the first count.

    Labour continue their aggressive and ambitious two-candidate strategy, and this could be a very interesting constituency for Labour to play for. Sean Crowe SF lost his seat here in 2007, and if one of the two Fianna Fail seats are in danger (either Conor Lenihan's or Charlie "Tallaght Tallaght Tallagh..." O'Connor) the fourth seat could be a dogfight for votes between Labour for a second seat and Sinn Fein trying to regain it, it really does depend on where Fianna Fail transfer are likely to go in this constituency.

    If I was a betting man, I'd put money on Labour taking this seat in Dublin South West, just don't ask me which Fianna Failer he'll take it from!
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    Quote Originally Posted by David Cochrane View Post
    Cllr Eamonn Maloney was tonight selected to run in the next general election for the Labour Party in Dublin South West, he'll be on the ballot paper along with sitting Labour TD Pat Rabbitte.

    Maloney took the second seat in the recent local elections for Labour in Tallaght South.

    Pat Rabbitte was elected on the second count in the last General Election (in 2007), taking the third seat behind Conor Lenihan FF and Brian Hayes FG who were both elected on the first count.

    Labour continue their aggressive and ambitious two-candidate strategy, and this could be a very interesting constituency for Labour to play for. Sean Crowe SF lost his seat here in 2007, and if one of the two Fianna Fail seats are in danger (either Conor Lenihan's or Charlie "Tallaght Tallaght Tallagh..." O'Connor) the fourth seat could be a dogfight for votes between Labour for a second seat and Sinn Fein trying to regain it, it really does depend on where Fianna Fail transfer are likely to go in this constituency.

    If I was a betting man, I'd put money on Labour taking this seat in Dublin South West, just don't ask me which Fianna Failer he'll take it from!
    Charlie and Conor know. Ask them. They would each say "not me. The other guy" (while publicly saying "Lads I'm in trouble. The other guy is safe. Vote for me, not him!)
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    Quote Originally Posted by David Cochrane View Post
    Cllr Eamonn Maloney was tonight selected to run in the next general election for the Labour Party in Dublin South West, he'll be on the ballot paper along with sitting Labour TD Pat Rabbitte.

    Maloney took the second seat in the recent local elections for Labour in Tallaght South.

    Pat Rabbitte was elected on the second count in the last General Election (in 2007), taking the third seat behind Conor Lenihan FF and Brian Hayes FG who were both elected on the first count.

    Labour continue their aggressive and ambitious two-candidate strategy, and this could be a very interesting constituency for Labour to play for. Sean Crowe SF lost his seat here in 2007, and if one of the two Fianna Fail seats are in danger (either Conor Lenihan's or Charlie "Tallaght Tallaght Tallagh..." O'Connor) the fourth seat could be a dogfight for votes between Labour for a second seat and Sinn Fein trying to regain it, it really does depend on where Fianna Fail transfer are likely to go in this constituency.

    If I was a betting man, I'd put money on Labour taking this seat in Dublin South West, just don't ask me which Fianna Failer he'll take it from!
    Eamon was a member of the DSP as was Mick Conaghan.

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    Can I be a little silly and ask what the DSP is and how it's relevant?

    He was IND in '87, didn't get elected, and was a Labour candidate since 91.

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    Quote Originally Posted by David Cochrane View Post
    Can I be a little silly and ask what the DSP is and how it's relevant?

    He was IND in '87, didn't get elected, and was a Labour candidate since 91.
    Ah but you know the left, David. They just love their badges. X was in the DSP. Y was in the People's Movement for Socialism. Z was in the Socialist People's Movement (Marxist-Leninist).

    In the real world it doesn't matter two figs. But on the left these trinkets matter. (It sometimes seems that only royalty and the left care so much about titles and badges and who is descended from whom and who is (politically) illegitimate, etc.)
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    Have to say I'm surprised at this choice by Labour. Either Marie Corr or Mick Duff would be based much closer to Crowe's Springfield/West Tallaght base, and could thus drag his vote down a bit, and thus have a much better chance of being close to or ahead of him on the first count. In that scenario, then either a Rabbitte surplus or possible FG votes coming into play later would give that Labour candidate the edge. Whereas I don't see Maloney getting a whole lot of Crowe's votes, or votes other than Labour votes that were already going to Rabbitte anyway.

    Strange choice - either Labour figure that their vote is high enough to give them two seats regardless of the candidates, or Maloney had the votes and bulldozed through convention, or else Rabbitte viewed Maloney as the least threat to himself, and thus facilitated his passage through convention.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hiding behind a poster View Post
    Have to say I'm surprised at this choice by Labour. Either Marie Corr or Mick Duff would be based much closer to Crowe's Springfield/West Tallaght base, and could thus drag his vote down a bit, and thus have a much better chance of being close to or ahead of him on the first count. In that scenario, then either a Rabbitte surplus or possible FG votes coming into play later would give that Labour candidate the edge. Whereas I don't see Maloney getting a whole lot of Crowe's votes, or votes other than Labour votes that were already going to Rabbitte anyway.

    Strange choice - either Labour figure that their vote is high enough to give them two seats regardless of the candidates, or Maloney had the votes and bulldozed through convention, or else Rabbitte viewed Maloney as the least threat to himself, and thus facilitated his passage through convention.

    The second scenario more likely... From what hear about Tipp South, FG are going the same way.. two candidate strategy, but the sitting TD is making sure it won't be the strongest second candidate in the world.. Sean Crowe will regain a seat here
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    Quote Originally Posted by David Cochrane View Post
    Can I be a little silly and ask what the DSP is and how it's relevant?

    He was IND in '87, didn't get elected, and was a Labour candidate since 91.
    The DSP was the Democratic Socialist Party founded and led by the late Jim Kemmy. It had a very honourable stand on a number of issues and merged with Labour in the late 1980s.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hiding behind a poster View Post
    Have to say I'm surprised at this choice by Labour. Either Marie Corr or Mick Duff would be based much closer to Crowe's Springfield/West Tallaght base, and could thus drag his vote down a bit, and thus have a much better chance of being close to or ahead of him on the first count. In that scenario, then either a Rabbitte surplus or possible FG votes coming into play later would give that Labour candidate the edge. Whereas I don't see Maloney getting a whole lot of Crowe's votes, or votes other than Labour votes that were already going to Rabbitte anyway.

    Strange choice - either Labour figure that their vote is high enough to give them two seats regardless of the candidates, or Maloney had the votes and bulldozed through convention, or else Rabbitte viewed Maloney as the least threat to himself, and thus facilitated his passage through convention.
    Initial soundings I've got indicate that he merely had the most votes at the convention, and it was that reason alone that got him elected. Personally I would have thought Mick Duff might have been selected, as to me he would have been their best chance to get a second seat - but Maloney backed him to take a seat for Labour in Tallaght Central over there other two candidates (Who also got in as well I know) so maybe it was payback time, and thus Maloney trumped in the end?

    Some try to make out that corr and Maloney camps do not see eye to eye, to say the least, but it will be all hands on deck from Labour to get two seats when the election starts to loom nearer on the horizon.

    As for SF - no offence - But do they have the bodies needed etc to put in the type of sustained and active campaign to get Crowe elected? I think not. Whereas Labour would have the resources in DSW to push for 2 seats. from what I hear from people off other parties, SF don't even have a 1/3 of the activists they had with them when Crowe got elected in 2002...
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    Quote Originally Posted by rockofcashel View Post
    The second scenario more likely... From what hear about Tipp South, FG are going the same way.. two candidate strategy, but the sitting TD is making sure it won't be the strongest second candidate in the world.. Sean Crowe will regain a seat here
    Theres 0% chance of a 2nd FG seat in tipp south anyway, the 2nd candidate must know that. Re: Labour, I'm surprise myself. I'd have thought Corr had a higher profile, being a former Mayor etc plus being the only women with any prospect of a seat.

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