That was the message from Seanad leader, Fine Gael’s Jerry Buttimer, last night after the city’s first boundary extension since 1965 increased its footprint almost five-fold and increased its population by some 85,000 to 210,000.
Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny has been re-elected as Taoiseach by the most slender of margins, gaining just one vote more than the minimum needed to regain power. Mr Kenny won the fourth and final nomination vote by 59 votes to 49 after 11th-hour talks with Independents.
Enda Kenny met Micheál Martin on Wednesday night and put the option of a partnership government involving Fianna Fáil/Fine Gael and Independents on the table as he believed this would be the best thing for Ireland. Both leaders were still in discussions with Independent groups with a view to form a minority government.
With no prospect of a government being formed any time soon, yesterday marked the 50th day since the Dáil was dissolved and a general election called. It might not be too surprising if another 50 days were to pass before any deal is agreed to bridge the current political impasse.
WHAT a difference a week makes. Seven days on from a humbling home defeat by Liverpool — and with a Champions League loss in between — Manchester City returned to winning ways with a win that took them back to the top of the Premier League. Normal service resumed?
Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald has appeared to rule out any post-general election coalition with Labour, in response to weekend criticism that her party is a “populist” group pretending to stand for leftist ideals.
A potential pact between Civil War enemies has surfaced in Cork County Council, with Sinn Féin and Fine Gael coalescing in a move which may seriously worry Fianna Fáil — the party which currently has control over the local authority.
Olympic hero Kenneth Egan is expected to eventually be elected despite being in a fight with a small group of candidates for one of the final seats in Clondalkin, an electoral area that has seen Sinn Féin support surge to a massive one in every three voters.