Posts Tagged ‘Fianna Fail’

Kenny Formally Becomes Taoiseach

Posted on March 9, 2011 in Politics

President Mary McAleese, left, appointing Enda Kenny as taoiseach.

Enda Kenny was elected taoiseach by the Dail today, by a margin of 117 to 27, and was later formally appointed by President Mary McAleese.  Michael Noonan, former head of Fine Gael, was appointed as Minister of Finance, while Eamon Gilmore of Labour was made Tanaiste, or deputy taoiseach, a largely ceremonial role.  Fine Gael and Labour divided the ministry posts between them, 10 to 5.

The Irish Times

9 March 2011

Failure for Fianna Fáil

Posted on February 28, 2011 in Politics

This piece by Miriam Lord dramatizes Fianna Fail’s stunning (but expected) losses in last Friday’s general election.  Though Lord mentions that Fine Gael “fought a brilliant election,” the attention she grants to Fianna Fail’s defeat is telling — many in Ireland are surprised not so much by Fine Gael’s historic rise as they are by Fianna Fail’s spectacular fall. Lord briefly speaks to the positions of the Labour and Green parties (the first one gaining seats, the second losing them all), and concludes that the Dail which emerges from this election will be anything but boring.

The Irish Times

28 February 2011

A quick but creative overview of the election (in wordle’s)

Posted on February 23, 2011 in Discussion, Politics, Required, Technology

I found this link via twitter and it really was a neat example of technology being linked with the topic that we are discussing.   It really helped me to get a sense of what each party is focusing on and not to mention it is pretty cool to see how they line up against each other.  I would highly recommend at least checking out the top 5 or 10 words for each party.

I went ahead and inserted the main wordle’s for ease, but there is more information and a few more images on the website.

The transcript from the TG4 leaders' debate

Sinn Fein's manifesto

Green Party's manifesto

Fine Gael's manifesto

Fianna Fáil's manifesto

Labour Party's manifesto

A combination of all five of the main parties manifestos

Differing Healthcare Plans

Posted on February 21, 2011 in Health, Healthcare

This article, though a bit older, provides a brief but informative summary of the major parties’ different plans for health care. As recent polls have shown that Fine Gael looks most likely to come to power, the article’s break down of FG’s ‘Fair Care’ is quite relevant as it may well be instituted in Ireland in the near future.

Article published Jan 1, 2010 in Eolas Magazine.

After the Race

Posted on February 20, 2011 in Economy, Politics, Required

Borrowing its title from Joyce’s Dubliners, this article surveys the ongoing economic and political crisis in Ireland.  The article provides a great review of many of the topics we have already discussed in class, including the IMF bailout, migration patterns, and the exceptionally personal nature of Irish politics.

The Economist

17 February 2011

Top 3 Party Leaders Spar Over Ireland’s Future

Posted on February 16, 2011 in Politics, Required

FF leader Michael Martin (left) and Labour leader Eamon Gilmore (right) attacked each other and Fine Gael at a three-way debate on Feb. 16.

This article provides a brief recap of the third debate of the Irish general election season.  The debate took place on February 16 between the leaders of the top three parties — Enda Kenny from Fine Gael, Michael Martin from Fianna Fail, and Eamon Gilmore from Labour.  The article is useful in that it gives a synopsis of each party’s electoral platform, and keys into some of the parties’ more remarkable proposals, such as FG’s call to make Irish language instruction optional and Labour’s plan for a totally new constitution.

From The Irish Times

16 February 2011

Different Fianna Fail leader and Taoiseach is unprecedented in Ireland

Posted on January 26, 2011 in Uncategorized

This article summarizes Brian Cowen’s remarks when he announced his decision this past Saturday to resign as leader of dominant party Fianna Fail but to remain as taoiseach. The article contains no analysis of the implications of this unprecedented move, but rather leaves it to the reader to interpret Cowen’s answers to the questions of reporters.

Published Monday, January 24th

Irish Times


Michael Martin will replace Brian Cowen as leader of Fianna Fail

Posted on January 26, 2011 in Uncategorized

Fianna Fail held a secret ballot to elect Michael Martin, former foreign minister, as its new leader.

Michael Martin celebrating with colleagues