Fine Gael

  • Almost 300 jobs were created in Mayo last year by Enterprise Ireland. The government agency responsible for supporting Irish businesses in the manufacturing and internationally traded services supported more than 18,000 new jobs nationally last year.

    According to Mayo Fine Gael Dail candidate Alan Dillon, Mayo has seen a 7% increase in Enterprise Ireland supported jobs last year over 2017, and across the western region there are now 14,500 people employed in Enterprise Ireland backed companies.

    Almost two thirds of total employment by Enterprise Ireland backed companies is now outside of Dublin.

    Enterprise Ireland is at present working on a one-to-one basis with its exporting clients on Brexit contingency plans. In 2018, the agency approved funding of €74m for 535 of its most Brexit-exposed clients.

    Alan told Midwest News today about the variety of companies in the county that are supported by Enterprise Ireland.

  • Residents of Abbeytown and Abbeyview estates in Crossmolina have raised concerns about the state of repair of the footpaths in the area. That’s according to Ballina Fine Gael candidate in the local elections Kieran Gill.

    Mr Gill says the footpaths in the estates have never been repaired since the estate was built in the early 1980s and the paths in the Abbeyview section of the estate are in particularly precarious s condition.

     One section , he says, has a raised manhole cover of approximately 5 cm above ground level as the path around it has fallen. Also some elderly people have taken to walking on the road in places where the path is particularly bad.

    The Residents Association has been raising their concerns for years now with Mayo County Council but to date, he says have failed to get a response.

    Mr Gill says the situation is not acceptable and he has now raised the matter with Senator Michelle Mulherin  in an effort to have it resolved.

  • A Fine Gael Councillor has called for the public lighting at a new housing estate in Parke to temper down the strength.

    Ger Deere says the new state of the art social housing is very welcome but the public lighting installed is so strong that it’s interfering with the residents on the opposite side of the road.

    Cllr. Deere says he has made representation to get this situation rectified.

  • New planning regulations will deter developers from building new houses, at a time when the housing list in Mayo is growing.

    That's according to Castlebar-based FG Councillor Cyril Burke, who says developers need to be encouraged to build new homes in the county, but claims it's not viable in many cases due to regulations.

    Councillor Burke gives the example of where 30% of a new housing development must be detached properties - and says this will result in houses being too costly.

  • There's some good news for residents of the Childers Heights estate in Ballina, as drainage works will start tomorrow to relieve flooding problems in the area.

    That's according to FG Councillor John O''Hara who says there are ongoing flooding problems in the area, which have impacted in the past on a local playschool, as well as residents.

    Councillor O'Hara says funding was allocated for the scheme earlier this year, and work will start next week


    Minister of State Damien English will travel to Sligo this evening to chair the Fine Gael selection convention for the Sligo / Leitrim constituency.

    There are 8 candidates seeking nomination to contest the next general election for FG.

    Former Junior Minister John Perry will be hoping to re-enter national politics.

    He's joined on the ticket by Roscommon-based Senator and former TD Frank Feighan and former Sligo / Leitrim TD and Senator Gerry Reynolds.

    Also seeking a nomination are Noel Merrick from Riverstown, Sligo - Chairman of the Fine Gael Constituency Executive in the constituency,

    Sligo FG Councillors Sinead Maguire and Hubert Keaney, former Leitrim-based Senator Michael Comiskey and Blaine Gaffney - parliamentary assistant to Deputy Tony McLoughlin who's not seeking re-election.

    The selection convention will take place this evening at the Clayton Hotel in Sligo.


  • Taoiseach Leo Varadker has given the opening address at the 2-day Fine Gael think-in, which is taking place today and tomorrow in Galway.

    The Parliamentary Party is meeting in Salthill, ahead of the start of the new Dáil term, and discussions will focus on Fine Gael's Budget priorities, housing and homelessness and Brext.

    Galway-based Minister of State Séan Kyne told Midwest News that it's an important opportunity to hear from senior Ministers in relation to these issues....

  • Fine Gael's Director of Elections in Mayo has denied reports that dozens of Michelle Mulherin's election posters were illegally removed in parts of East Mayo earlier this week, and says they were taken down on his instruction.

    Senator Mulherin told Midwest News yesterday that up to 40 posters were removed on Tuesday, many in the Kilkelly area, and were later returned to her office.

    She reported the matter to Gardai.

    However, in a statement to Midwest News this morning, the FG Director of Elections in Mayo Tom Garvey says he instructed that FG posters in East Mayo to be taken down and returned to the relevant candidate for placing in their assigned areas.

    He said significant analysis and workload went into dividing the areas fairly among the three FG candidates in Mayo to maximise the local vote for the party.

    Mr Garvey said it's important that posters highlighting individual candidates are only placed in the "internally agreed division of areas within the Mayo constituency".

    He said the party in Mayo will be strictly enforcing this approach in order the maximise the poll for the three party candidates - Michael Ring, Michelle Mulherin and Alan Dillon.

    Mr Garvey stressed that the posters were lawfully removed, on his instruction.


  • Fine Gael candidates are on track to top the poll in all three European Parliament constituencies, according to a special Irish Times/Ipsos MRBI opinion poll taken with sample ballot papers earlier this week.

    Fianna Fáil will also challenge strongly to elect MEPs in each of the constituencies, while Sinn Féin’s three MEPs will see their vote decline substantially but remain in the running to retain their seats.

    The poll indicates that other left-wing candidates are likely to end up competing with each for the remaining seats, though Luke Ming Flanagan in Midlands North West is likely to poll strongly and be returned, according to this poll.

    The Irish Times/Ipsos MRBI opinion poll was conducted on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of this week among 500 voters in each of the three European parliament constituencies using a sample ballot paper, a total of 1,500 voters across 150 sampling points in all constituencies. The accuracy is estimated at plus or minus 4.4 per cent at the European constituency level.

    In the Midlands Northwest constituency  Mairead McGuinness a sitting  MEP is set to be a runaway poll topper on 26%.

    Ind Luke Flanagan is on 16 per cent, while Sinn Féin sitting MEP Matt Carthy is on 14 per cent.

    Marie Walsh FG is on 11 percent, Peter Casey 9 % , Brendan Smith  FF 8% and Ann Rabbitte FF on 5 %.

    The rest of the candidates in this constituency are polling below the margin of error ( from 1 to 3 %)

  • Fianna Fail is the most popular political party in the Connacht / Ulster region - according to the latest Irish Times / Ipsos MRBI opinion poll.

    Nationally, Fine Gael maintains a narrow lead over Fianna Fail, with the two parties looking set to compete to lead the next Government.

    The poll shows national support of 29% for Fine Gael, 25% for Fianna Fail and 14% for Sinn Fein.

    The Green Party is up to 8%, Labour Party down 1 to 6% and Independents & Others are at 18%.

    Sampling for the poll was conducted among 1,200 voters from Friday to Sunday last, in the wake of last week's Budget and the meeting between Taoiseach Leo Varadker and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Brexit.

    The figures are compared with the last poll carried out before the May local and European elections.

    A regional breakdown shows Fianna Fail on  34% support in Connacht / Ulster- significantly higher than Fine Gael's 23%, with Sinn Fein on 14% and Labour on 3%



  • Fianna Fail has opened up a 12 point lead on Fine Gael according to the latest opinion poll.

    Published in the Sunday Times, it's the first since campaigning started in the general election and is a timely boost for Micheal Martin, but disastrous for the Taoiseach.

    The last Sunday Times/Behaviour and Attitudes poll a month ago had both Fine Gael and Fianna Fail neck and neck on 27 percent.

    However, this latest survey, carried out during the RIC commemoration controversey this month, shows a 12 point gap's opened up between the country's two biggest political parties.

    According to the poll, Fianna Fail now sits on 32 percent, up five, while Fine Gael has dropped seven points to 20 percent.

    Sinn Fein, down one, is now only one point behind Fine Gael on 19 percent.

    Meanwhile the Greens have gained one point and are now on seven percent while Labour are down two to four percent.

    Elsewhere Solidarity/People Before Profit drop one to two percent, Renua are up one to one percent and the Social Democrats are unchanged at one percent.

    923 people were asked their views in the poll between January 2nd and 14th.

  • Fianna Fail has paid the price for backing the Government for another year.

    A Red C poll for today's Sunday Business Post shows support for Micheal Martin's party is down 5 points to 22 percent, following its decision to back a new 'confidence and supply' extension.

    The paper's Political Editor Michael Brennan says Fine Gael is also down, with the independents picking up the gains.

  • Fine Gael is calling on the Transport Minister Shane Ross to extend the evening and weekend Local Link bus routes into 2019.

    The Local Link Rural Transport Programme is a nationwide rural bus service which operates between rural areas and local towns and villages.

    It's designed to address rural social exclusion.

    The operating hours were extended to evenings and weekends in July on a pilot basis.

  • Fine Gael has expelled former Fine Gael minister John Perry’s son Jude after discovering that he paid for Facebook ads to promote his father’s Independent general election bid.


    Jude Perry, who set up a branch of Young Fine Gael in Queen's University Belfast, was informed this week that his membership had been cancelled and he was being removed from the Fine Gael officer board in Sligo-Leitrim.


    Mr Perry paid less than €100 to promote seven Facebook posts about his father John Perry's general election campaign in Sligo-Leitrim.


    John Perry is a former Fine Gael junior minister who is running for the Dáil as an Independent after failing to get on the Fine Gael ticket.


    A Fine Gael spokesman said: "It is incompatible with membership of Fine Gael to be actively engaged in a campaign for another political party or Independent."


    Independent general election candidate for Sligo-Leitrim John Perry told Midwest News that he was astonished by Fine Gael’s decision to expel his son from the party.

  • Fine Gael selected three candidates last night to run in the Claremorris electoral area in the upcoming Local Elections.

    Outgoing councillors Tom Connolly, Patsy O’Brien and John Cribbin were both chosen at last night’s convention in the Dalton Inn Claremorris.

    The redrawn district is now a six-seat constituency.

  • The Mayo Fine Gael Selection convention was held last night in Castlebar.

    Three candidates were selected to represent the party in the next general election.

    Current Minister Michael Ring, Senator Michelle Mulherin and former Mayo footballer Alan Dillon were selected.

    Councillor Patsy O’Brien from Hollymount lost out on a place on the party’s ticket at last night’s selection convention.

    Former Taoiseach Enda Kenny officially called time on his Dáil career also last night.

    A total of 870 delegates cast their votes and the venue was packed to capacity as party supporters from throughout the county turned out in force in a clear show of the organisation's strength, having attracted 51% of the vote in the Mayo constituency in the 2016 general election.

    However, they had to wait until shortly after 12.30 a.m. before the names of the three selected candidates were announced by Minister of State Sean Kyne, who chaired the convention. 

    Tom Garvey, director of election, said the party's objective is to win three seats out of four in Mayo.

  • Fine Gael selected two candidates to run in the Swinford four-seat electoral area last night in the upcoming local elections.

    Outgoing Foxford-based Councillor Neil Cruise will be joined on the ticket by Swinford businessman Tom Lavin.

  • Former Sligo Minister John Perry wants Fine Gael to add him to the ticket in the absence of outgoing candidate Councillor Sinead Maguire.

    Councillor Maguire took the ticket following the resignation of Gerry Reynolds in July and has now stepped down from the ticket for family reasons.

    Councillor Perry has appealed to Fine Gael membership to elect him for the Dail candidacy.

    He cites the large number of first preference votes he received in the 2016 party convention as testament to his electability.

  • Nominations have now closed for the Fine Gael Constituency Selection Convention for Mayo and there are 4 contenders.

    Eanna Kilbane , secretary of the party’s constituency executive received the 4 names ahead of the closing date last night.

    The selection convention will take place on Sunday, March 25th.

    The 4 nominees are Minister Michael Ring, Senator Michelle Mulherin, Councillor Patsy O’Brien and Alan Dillon.

    It’s not yet known how many names will be selected to contest the next General Election in the 4-seater constituency of Mayo. That will be a decision for the party’s Headquarters.

    Fine Gael at present hold two of the 4 seats in Mayo.

    Former Taoiseach Enda Kenny, one of the two sitting TDs has stated that he will not be contesting the next election.

  • Fine Gael Senator Frank Feighan has announced his intention to seek a party nomination to contest the next General Election in the Roscommon-Galway constituency.

    The Boyle based Senator says he is seeking a party nomination at the Fine Gael selection convention for Roscommon/Galway, which will be held at the end of January 2019.

    Senator Feighan was a TD for Roscommon and the surrounding region between 2007 and 2016, and has been a senator since then.

    He opted not to contest the last election because of the Roscommon Hospital issue, candidate Maura Hopkins missed out on the seat.