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Thread: Ruairi Quinn to be Labour National Director of Elections for GE campaign

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    Default Ruairi Quinn to be Labour National Director of Elections for GE campaign

    Eamon Gilmore speaking on Newstalk a few moments ago has said that Ruairi Quinn will be the party's National Director of Elections for the General Election Campaign.

    In the interview with Damien Kiberd, Gilmore said that Quinn was the best Finance Minister in modern times.

    Asked about the number of seats the party expects to win, Gilmore said the party will be running 65 candidates and "each will be standing to win".

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    Good choice.

    Labour, at least, are demonstrating some intent.

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    Quinn's record in finance is essential for Labour's credentials as an alternative government. Contrast that his record with the unrelenting party and national massacre thereafter. Good move by Labour, they have a few heavyweights, they should use them carefully.

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    65 candidates might be his first mistake...
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    Having worked closely with Ruairi in the past, I think he's an excellent choice for the role. Although we are from different parties I'd like to wish him best of luck in this role, in what could be a historic election for labour.

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    Good choice, plenty of experience and he's "old Labour".
    Thank you for the six thousand likes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Asparagus View Post
    65 candidates might be his first mistake...
    They're running 3 in Dublin South Central. And two in consituencies where there's a Labour TD. They'll do well but getting 65 is too optimistic, I agree.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RepublicanSocialist1798 View Post
    They're running 3 in Dublin South Central. And two in consituencies where there's a Labour TD. They'll do well but getting 65 is too optimistic, I agree.
    There's very little risk of them losing any seats through bad vote management so the stategy is right. Run at least one candidate everywhere, 2 where you already have a TD and 3 where you have a good chance of two.
    Thank you for the six thousand likes.

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    Two points I think -
    Excellent choice, has great background as the last minister for finance who knew what he was doing. Now I do not know how involved he was with running the local election campaign last year, but in his constituency, there were 2 electoral areas and in them Lab got 32% of the vote, but converted that into 5 of the 10 seats available.
    For example, FG got 27% and got 3 out of the 10 seats. So someone in Lab in Dub SE really knows what they are doing when it comes to electoral strategy and vote management.
    Second point - I do not think 65 candidates is enough. FG are starting from 51 TD's, and will easily be able to claim, in the campaign, that they are the only party who have any chance of being a strong government and getting in or near a majority. The prospect of a strong stable government may be attractive to a lot of people given the state of us. Lab may need, even if only for the optics, to run at least 83, if they want to convince the electorate that they are going to win. Having said that, Quinn knows more about this than I do!

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    Great Appointment.

    Ruairi was Chairperson of the Mary Robinson Campaign Committee that delivered one of Labours biggest strategic victories.

    I look forward to working hard to ensure that he now leads another one.

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