Eager beaver Smiler Nialler cries at election false dawn

Niall O Tuathiall is all smiles with his team at NUI Galway during the counting of votes for Galway West in the 2016 general election.
Niall O Tuathiall is all smiles with his team at NUI Galway during the counting of votes for Galway West in the 2016 general election.

Bradley Bytes – A sort of political column by Dara Bradley

It was an election nobody wanted, they said, even the political junkies. But ‘they’ clearly never heard of Niall Ó Tuathail. A bit like shops putting up Christmas tinsel before Halloween spiders’ webs are down, Smiler Nialler was fast out of the traps for the pre-Christmas general election that never was.

The Social Democrats candidate for Galway West was as giddy as a child in a queue to visit Santa.

Dripping wet with excitement, the email from Smiler Nialler pledged he was “ready to go in case of snap election”.

Though his preference was for the Government to get on with its job (you could have fooled us!), he’s been “ready for an election for some time and have kicked off our campaign”.

While every other candidate, and the electorate, recoiled at the thought of Christmas canvassing, Ó Tuathail was itching to go.

“I’m looking forward to great debates with the people of Galway during the upcoming election,” he enthused. Alas, Frances Fitzgerald’s resignation dashed the eager beaver’s plans. We hope they broke it to him gently.

Mike’s mixed-messages

Niall Ó Tuathail may be ready, but the prospect of an early election caught Mike ‘I’m not joining Fianna Fáil’ Cubbard off-guard.

Though he has consistently said he wants to become a TD, the deputy mayor appeared to be playing hard to get when the Galway West job interview was on the horizon.

On Sunday, when an early election looked likely, Cubbard declared: “I have not made a decision on contesting”.

On Tuesday, when the prospect of a poll had completely evaporated, he was back on Facebook begging for helpers for his election team.

In the heel of the hunt, nobody appeared too perturbed whether he contests the next general election or not – sitting TDs included.

For more, read this week’s Galway City Tribune.