Author: Conor McMorrow

Salman Jamal Said survived a horrific suicide bombing in 2015 that left two of his colleagues dead and him with life-changing injuries. The attack was orchestrated by al-Shabab, an Islamist militant group in Somalia. After undergoing multiple surgeries in Istanbul, Mr. Said returned to Somalia in 2022 but faced further threats from al-Shabab. He made the difficult decision to flee to Ireland, joining thousands of Somalis seeking asylum in the country. Upon arrival in Dublin, Mr. Said navigated the asylum process and eventually received a work permit, opening up opportunities for him to rebuild his life. He now hopes to…

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The 2024 Election Update: Key Takeaways 1. Nationalist Wave Sweeps Dublin The rise of nationalist sentiment in Ireland was evident as Malachy Steenson, an Independent candidate endorsed by the National Party, secured a seat on Dublin City Council. With a strong anti-immigration stance, Steenson declared that “the revolution has begun,” signaling a shift in Irish politics. Independent candidate Malachy Steenson celebrates his election to Dublin City Council Other anti-immigration candidates, such as Gavin Pepper and Kevin Coyle, also made significant gains in different electoral areas, reflecting the nationalist movement’s momentum. 2. Family Affair: Pereppadans Dominate Tallaght In a unique twist,…

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The Race for Council Seats: Highlights from the European Elections With one-third of the 949 council seats now filled, the European elections are in full swing. The counting of votes to fill the 14 vacant MEP seats has been ongoing since 9am. Here are five standout moments from the elections: 1. ‘Chicken’ Run in Co Tipperary: Michael ‘Chicken’ Brennan secured a seat on Tipperary County Council, attributing his nickname to his childhood. Labour TD Alan Kelly praised Brennan’s popularity in the area. 2. Candidate Withdraws, Still Receives Votes: Maria Dwyer-Agrios, a Fine Gael candidate who withdrew from the race, still…

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Independent Councillor Thomas Welby Makes History in 2024 Local Elections At 3.20pm, Independent Councillor Thomas Welby was announced as the first of 949 councillors to be elected in the 2024 local elections. While the results of other council seats are still pending due to the European elections, this year’s elections have already provided some interesting takeaways. ‘Boxer’ Makes a Comeback Former Independent TD Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran has made a stunning return, securing a seat on Westmeath County Council with over 3,300 votes. Another former TD, Paul Gogarty, also looks set to retain his council seat in South Dublin County Council.…

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The Thrilling Early Days of the Election As the election counts unfold, it’s important to remember that it’s a marathon, not a sprint. With predictions being tentative at this stage, the landscape is still taking shape. Nevertheless, some interesting trends are emerging. The Strength of Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil Initial results suggest that Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil are holding their ground. Minister Peter Burke highlighted a strong center ground support, which could play a crucial role in the final outcomes. Independents Making Waves Independent candidates are showing promise across various count centers. From Jackie Healy Rae in Kerry…

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The votes have been cast and the boxes will be counted over the weekend. Ireland will elect 14 MEP seats and 949 councillors across 31 local authorities. The first directly elected mayor of Limerick will also be revealed. The elections will provide insights into the state of Irish politics and shape the upcoming general election. Here are 16 key things to watch out for: The number of TDs elected The rise of the right-wing The fate of the Greens The impact of Simon Harris on Fine Gael Sinn Féin’s performance Aodhán Ó Riordáin and the Labour party The potential success…

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The Dublin Constituency: A Snapshot If you want to know about the Dublin constituency, look no further. Dublin is a unique European constituency containing Dublin city, Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown, Fingal, and South Dublin, making it self-contained. With a population of 1,458,154 according to the latest Census, Dublin has seen an 8% growth from 2016 to 2022. What’s the Deal with Seats in Dublin? Dublin switched from a 3-seat to a 4-seat constituency in 2019 and remains so for the upcoming election. The Outgoing MEPs The four incumbents seeking re-election are Ciarán Cuffe (Green Party), Clare Daly (Independents 4 Change), and Barry…

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Ahead of the Prime Time European Parliament election debate on tonight’s Prime Time, Conor McMorrow has a primer on what you need to know about the Ireland South constituency. Ireland South Overview Ireland South is a vast constituency stretching from Bray in the Dublin commuter belt to Bere Island in West Cork and from the Cliffs of Moher to Rosslare Harbour in Wexford. It covers Munster and four counties in south and east Leinster. With a population of 1.85m, it includes rural areas along with major towns and cities like Cork, Limerick, Kilkenny, and Waterford. Key Facts – Five-seat constituency…

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