The Fianna Fail Frontbench

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Today Micheal Martin announced his knew frontbench. It would seem that their is a job for everyone in the Fianna Fail Parliamentary Party, plus a councillor. Here is the full list:
  • Leader and Spokesperson on Northern Ireland: Micheál Martin TD
  • Deputy Leader and Spokesperson on Finance: Brian Lenihan TD
  • Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs and Trade (also Party Whip): Seán Ó Fearghail TD
  • Spokesperson on Public Expenditure and Financial Sector Reform: Michael McGrath TD
  • Spokesperson on Public Sector Reform: Sean Fleming TD
  • Spokesperson on Education and Skills: Brendan Smith TD
  • Spokesperson on Social Protection: Barry Cowen TD
  • Spokesperson on Environment, Community and Local Government: Niall Collins TD
  • Spokesperson on Enterprise, Jobs and Innovation: Willie O’Dea TD
  • Spokesperson on Children: Charlie McConalogue TD
  • Spokesperson on Justice, Equality and Defence: Dara Calleary TD
  • Spokesperson on Health: Billy Kelleher TD
  • Spokesperson on Transport, Tourism and Sport: Timmy Dooley TD
  • Spokesperson on Communications, Energy and Natural Resources: Eamon Ó Cuiv TD
  • Spokesperson on Agriculture and Food: Michael Moynihan TD
  • Spokesperson on Arts and Heritage: Robert Troy TD
  • Spokesperson on Marine and Fisheries: John Browne TD
  • Spokesperson on Horticulture and Rural Affairs: Seamus Kirk TD
  • Spokesperson on Housing, Planning and Gaeltacht Affairs: Micheal Kitt TD
  • Spokesperson on Small Business Regulatory Framework: John McGuinness TD (also Fianna Fáil nominee for Chair of the Public Accounts Committee)
  • Legal Adviser: Cllr Jim O’Callaghan

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Latest Red C Poll: The end of Fianna Fail?

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The latest opinion poll by Red C due to be published in tomorrow’s Irish Sun makes for sombre reading for members of Fianna Fail. According to the poll, they will come fourth in an General Election, as now Sinn Fein as more support then Fianna Fail.

The results of the poll are as follows:

  • Fine Gael 32%
  • Labour 24%
  • Sinn Fein 16%
  • Fianna Fail 13%
  • Others 11%
  • Green Party3%

When this is translated into seats, according to Adrian Kavanagh on, the Dáil could like this:

  • Fine Gael 67
  • Labour 48
  • Sinn Fein 24
  • Fianna Fail 12
  • Independents/others: 15

This would lead to a number of possible outcomes. An FG/Lab coalition which would have a substantial majority in the region of 30 votes.

A left wing government of Lab/SF/Inds. They would need the support of 11 of the independents, but with many left-wing independents expected to be elected (going on this poll including Joe Higgin,s Richard Boyd Barrett and Catherine Murphy) it could be a possibility.

A grand coalition of FF/FG would not be possible with these results.

What would be interesting in this scenario is which 12 Fianna Failers would survive. As Seamus Kirk is automatically elected as Ceann Comhairle, it would mean that only 11 would be elected! They could be

  • Brian Cowen,
  • John McGuinness,
  • Timmy Dooley,
  • Michael Moynihan,
  • Michael Martin,
  • Michael Kennedy,
  • Tom Kitt,
  • Noel Treacy,
  • Eamonn O’Cuiv,
  • Willie O’Dea,
  • Niall Collins
  • Seamus Kirk.

What an interesting result that would be! Will it happen tough?

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