they must be fairly confident that he won't win, after all they'd hate another by election, even if they could push it out a year or so
Enda Kenny on FF government: “We’re in this mess, not because Fianna Fáil policies have failed, but because they have succeeded.”
Thomas Byrne is an able bugger. Prior to May 07, not only was this man written off, he had'nt even been heard of prior to the election being declared!
Well able to mix it in the media as well, very brash, very cocky but will go places. He'll give Mairead McG a fair bit of stick too about taking the Louth electorate for granted last time in 07...
Tommy reluctantly agreed after a meeting with Cowen. It was between Kirk and Byrne and Kirk refused point blank.
If they didn't have someone in North Leinster then Liam's seat apparently was gone and it was going to be 2 FG 1 Labour. A lot of older ex-FFers were going to Nessa because of her father's name. JP and Mairead were cleaning up elsewhere. Liam was in trouble.
But not as much trouble as North-West. There Pascal Mooney even as a single candidate has no hope. Cowen is twisting the arm of Pat the Cope. FF have told Cope's people that if he doesn't run the seat is gone. Mooney cannot take it. The seats were looking like being 1 FG, 1 SF and the last seat a two-way tussle between Harkin and FG's O'Reilly. With Pat the Cope on the ticket the last seat becomes a three-way battle.
Their numbers apparently are shocking. Not a single European seat is safe. Crowley is the safest, but not safe.
He was/is by all accounts a terrible solicitor.
NY Bar! Thats a joke, he never practised there, Its all about image with thomas.
here is another Gem:Typical Thomas Byrne Priority 24.24.09
I welcome the work that has been carried out by Meath County Council on the footpath outside Callan’s Shop
whats that word.....'His cousins Minister Michael Hilliard and Deputy Colm Hilliard served the Party with distinction over the generations.'
I love the almost suicidal way that FF is deliberately splitting an already depleted vote with second candidates.