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    Rumbles from Meath East in the LP camp. Seems the Senator does not have the support of the punters as he lost some vote on the number of candidates and there is no sign of his nomination coming out of LP HO. Anyone got more detail on this. Sure sign I suppose that there is something real at stake when there are serious fights about LP nominations in Meath East. Was a time you could have 2 nominations there for the price of a kilo of sugar!!

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    Hannigan will surely be given the place he was very close last time out and is sure to be over the line next time but hardly room for lab to go from 0 to 2 here is there?

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    The Organising committee determined that only Hannigan could be nominated for a one candidate ticket. He was duly nominated and selected on Thursday without a ballot.

    Less than half of the ME membership showed up to support him. There was a motion by Kells branch to run two candidates. This motion was passed by ballot in spite of Hannigan being against it. Less than a quarter of the membership supported Hannigan on this and opposed the motion.

    He does seem to be unable to get the full membership behind him.
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    In many ways this should not be seen as being unusual! If the boat is lifting more people will want to be aboard!! But this is a bit worrying that Hannigan couldn't get the membership behind him!

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    I say run 2, better chance of coming home with 0 then

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    Quote Originally Posted by jackryan View Post
    In many ways this should not be seen as being unusual! If the boat is lifting more people will want to be aboard!! But this is a bit worrying that Hannigan couldn't get the membership behind him!
    Hannigan used to be a councillor in East Meath, what a planning basket case. It would be worth examining his voting record on some of the crazier planning decisions in East Meath. Probably the main reason Thomas Byrne beat him a the last election, he never dirtied his copy book as a councillor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EvotingMachine0197 View Post
    The Organising committee determined that only Hannigan could be nominated for a one candidate ticket. He was duly nominated and selected on Thursday without a ballot.

    Less than half of the ME membership showed up to support him. There was a motion by Kells branch to run two candidates. This motion was passed by ballot in spite of Hannigan being against it. Less than a quarter of the membership supported Hannigan on this and opposed the motion.

    He does seem to be unable to get the full membership behind him.
    This has all the makings of a shambles for Labour in Meath East.

    The Kells branch made a balls of it. They should not only have proposed their '2-candidate' (successful) motion, but also proposed that Standing Orders be put aside to allow someone like Cllr Brian Collins to be proposed as a second candidate at the meeting. Even if rejected, that - plus their basic motion being carried - would have given them a strong case to go to the Organisation Cttee.

    The reality is that Hannigan is not popular with many Labour members in the constituency. He is seen as a 'blow in' with no real roots in the Labour movement and no real ideology. He was parachuted in as a by-election candidate by the discredited Rabbitte junta simply because he had topped the poll in his area as an Independent candidate for the county council and they thought he could repeat the trick for Labour. He has always been 'the white headed boy' candidate of Ely Place. But they they are out of touch with the reality on the ground.

    Far from getting two seats here, Labour will struggle to get even one with Hannigan. His vote pulling power is not good, and he is geographically confined to a small north eastern corner of the constituency. Also, he has been slow to support grassroots issues and has not done well in the Seanad in representing Meath issues.

    Prediction for Meath E: McEntee (FG) to top the poll by a big margin on the first count. Last 2 seats between Byrne, Hannigan, McEntee's running mate and an Independent. 1 FG 1 FF 1 Ind (FF loss to Ind)

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    Did Brian Collins and Kells Labour let it go in return for Brians election as "Elected Secretary of the Labour Councillors Association?. This grouping has 130+ elected reps so in Labour world a significant post. It would also finish the mutterings of undemocartic Labour with candidates been chosen centrally rather than locally.

    Rumour and I repeat rumour is "any potential meath Labour candidate must bring €20,000to the table before they will even be considered as a candidate". Anyone heard similiar rumours?

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheHoney View Post
    Did Brian Collins and Kells Labour let it go in return for Brians election as "Elected Secretary of the Labour Councillors Association?. This grouping has 130+ elected reps so in Labour world a significant post. It would also finish the mutterings of undemocartic Labour with candidates been chosen centrally rather than locally.
    Collins probably thinks this connection will improve his chances of being elected to the Seanad


    Quote Originally Posted by TheHoney View Post
    Rumour and I repeat rumour is "any potential meath Labour candidate must bring €20,000to the table before they will even be considered as a candidate". Anyone heard similiar rumours?
    What is the point of putting up here a 'rumour' like this? Either stand it up - chapter and verse - or withdraw the allegation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nobber Man View Post

    What is the point of putting up here a 'rumour' like this? Either stand it up - chapter and verse - or withdraw the allegation.
    This information (The Labour candidate in Meath West must bring €20,000 to the table) is widely known in political circles in Meath.
    Labour are not trying to hide it either Nobber Man, so get off your high horse.
    The info came from prospective Labour Candidates, they must have or be capable of raising €20,000.

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