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Politics . . . reasons why it’s just not for you

Dara Bradley

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Reason number 18 why not to enter politics: You’re not that ugly.

Reason number 19 why not to enter politics: You’re too intelligent

Reason number 20 why not to enter politics: Your ego is not big enough

Reason number 21 why not to enter politics: You’re too honest and can’t lie

Reason number 22 why not to enter politics: You don’t like the sound of your own voice

Reason number 23 why not to enter politics: You’ve got a conscience

Reason number . . .

Colm the Chameleon

The fallout from former chairman of the Labour Party and former Independent Galway East TD, Colm Keaveney’s defection to Fianna Fáil exploded on the internet once the move was revealed in last week’s Sentinel.

Tuam based Colm ‘the chameleon’ Keaveney was welcomed to the Fianna Fáil organisation in Galway East by some rank and file party members in the same way a nun might greet news of contracting syphilis.

One FF wag out near Ballinasloe reckoned Colm would be caught with his pants down at Convention, where it’s one member one vote to get on the General Election ‘ticket’. The sitting County Councillor told us: “Like the retired Garda a few years back who went to a selection convention in Roscommon full sure of a nomination to contest the local election. He was full sure he would get enough votes. His wife was at the convention as well. When the votes were counted he got zero – even the wife couldn’t stand him!” 

But if the Soldiers of Destiny were not all happy campers, his former Labour Party colleagues couldn’t contain their excitement at his new found love of Fianna Fáil.

You could almost sense the snide-ness dripping out of the ‘Tweet machine’ when his former Labour leader, Pat Rabbitte tweeted that Colm and FF was “a match made in heaven”. Later he drew the ire of FF when he suggested that his former party colleague would “join the Hizbullah” if it would advance his career.

Equally amusing was the ‘fake’ Pat Rabbitte Twitter account that said: “The Guinness Book of Records are opening a new category, ‘The Shortest Memory in History’, there is a form on the way out to Colm Keaveney”. That, of course, was a reference to his previous musings about FF and how some of its members were “rampant with corruption” and other such flattering comments.

Sources in the Seanad have confirmed that the Lovely Lorraine Higgins, Colm’s nemesis in Labour in the constituency, couldn’t wipe the smile off her face all week.

Spare a thought, too, for the ‘Keaveneyites’, and long-term supporters of his, who aren’t exactly delighted to now find themselves ‘sleeping with the enemy’.

As Colm recalled this week, one such supporter remarked to him: “It feels like the girlfriend you love is being stolen by a w**ker.”

For more, read this week’s Connacht Sentinel. 

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Supermac’s the saviour turns Rabbitte’s nuts!

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Anne Rabbitte, everyone’s favourite Fianna Fáil TD in Galway East, was working late in Leinster House on Thursday night.

The Disabilities Minister, before heading home, popped into An Taoiseach, Micheál Martin, who was also burning the midnight oil.

Martin had been on a conference call with EU leaders earlier, dealing with the rollout of a Covid-19 vaccine.

The pair chatted for a while about Government policy, internal FF business and the like.

Before leaving, Rabbitte asked her party leader to sign a Golden Anniversary card for two constituents, a couple in Athenry who were celebrating their 50th. All politics is local, after all.

Rabbitte hopped into her jalopy – no ministerial chauffeur for Ministers of State, who must drive themselves like the rest of us mere mortals! – and set off for home, Portumna, along the M50 and the M6 towards Galway. Thirsty, around midnight, Rabbitte veered off the motorway and stopped at Supermac’s in Kinnegad for bottled water.

She got in just before they closed at midnight. But when she came back to her car, she realised she had a flat tyre.

Rabbitte, a work-horse, isn’t shy of mucking in, and so attempted to change it herself.

“I’m not slight but I wasn’t able to turn the nuts; I just couldn’t turn the nuts,” she laughed.

Luckily, a Good Samaritan from Supermac’s who saw that she was in a spot of bother, came to the rescue and she was back on the road to Galway, albeit over an hour delayed.  “Thank God for Supermac’s – my saviour!” she said.

For more Bradley Bytes, see this week’s Galway City Tribune. 

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Mayor’s malevolent mimic strikes with sick message

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It was late on Monday night, November 16, when a male Galway City councillor’s phone rang repeatedly.

When the calls went unanswered, at half past midnight his phone pinged, signalling a WhatsApp had been received.

The message, purporting to be from Mayor Mike Cubbard, disgusted the recipient.

It said: “Please answer your phone, this is an emergency my c*ck has swollen to four or five times its normal size.” The texter left a message suggesting a solution which involved the councillor’s wife.

Mayor Mike hadn’t sent the message. This was just another sinister development and escalation in the ongoing online impersonation of the Independent councillor by a twisted and sick individual with a grudge.

Weeks earlier, Mayor Mike’s malevolent mimic sent a series of WhatsApp texts to a young, good-looking, left-leaning Dublin City Councillor. She, too, was shocked.

The person purporting to be Mayor Mike expressed a desire to see this woman’s breasts “bounce up and down” while they had sex. “What a man gotta do?”, it said.

That’s the PG version; the language used in the actual message was incredibly derogatory and coarse.

It wasn’t the first message sent to this elected representative purporting to be from Mayor Mike.

“I hope that didn’t come across weird,” said one message, and God only knows what ‘that’ referred to.

Another asked her if she was “still interested in taking part?” Again, Mayor Mike shudders to think what sort of sick event this woman was being invited to take part in, in his name. Not nice on his wife or kids to have those kind of messages going around, with his name attached.

The targeting of Mayor Mike began in mid-October. Several Galway City Councillors got messages purporting to be from Cubbard, like this one sent to Cllr Eddie Hoare (FG). “Hi Ed I am just passing on new contact number as I had to have phone repaired thanks.”

Using this ‘new’ number, the person pretending to be Mayor Mike created a WhatsApp group with several councillors, and messaged: “Hi all just think it is good for us to keep in communication with each other as a group can you please add those who I have missed as I do not have access to everyone’s number thanks Mike.”

Jessica Fletcher-like Cllr Owen Hanley (Soc Dem) smelt a rat, and replied: “You’ve missed someone. The mayor.”

He then took a screenshot and alerted the real Mayor Mike to what had happened.

That was October 15, days after Mayor Mike was vocal about right-wing anti-mask protestors. Since then at least two councillors have received sexually explicit messages.

Mayor Mike’s fear is that many more councillors received similar sexual innuendo, believing it to be from him. And he’s right to worry; one screenshot reveals that the impersonator had 68 unopened messages, presumably replies.

The Gardaí are investigating, but we should be worried – an attack on the mayor is an attack on us all, and on local democracy.
For more Bradley Bytes, see this week’s Galway City Tribune. You can buy a digital edition HERE.

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Cheevers takes the hump with FG over mayoral pact

Dara Bradley

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The bitter fallout from the mayoral pact on Galway City Council lingers. It’s the gift that keeps on giving for local political anoraks. And more bitter it’s getting!

Over two months, the original ruling pact that formed after the May 2019 Local Election, collapsed. And yet the ill-feeling simmers.

The original pact that broke-up in September due to a row over Travellers, included: Noel Larkin, Declan McDonnell, Terry O’Flaherty, Donal Lyons, Mike Cubbard and Colette Connolly (all Ind), Níall McNelis (Lab), Martina O’Connor and Niall Murphy (Green).

The new pact, which holds power at City Hall now, is the old pact, minus McDonnell and Larkin, plus the three Fine Gaelers, Clodagh Higgins, Eddie Hoare and Frank Fahy.

Fianna Fáil’s five councillors had hoped to do a deal with McDonnell, Larkin and Fine Gael to freeze out the rainbow but the Blueshirts had a better offer.

In a pact with FF, there was room for only one FG mayor. And so, led by Frankeen, FG negotiated a deal without FF that included a mayoral term each for Classy Clodagh and Eligible Eddie, in the three remaining years before the next local election.

Not only has the new pact been the ruination of the relationship between the councillors formerly known as the PDs, (few words have been exchanged between Declan, Donal and Terry) it has damaged the FF/FG friendship.

FF newcomer Alan Cheevers, or Cheesy Cheevers as he’s known, had become friendly with FG since his election to the Council. Even some of his party colleagues had remarked it was a ‘bit odd’ that he was phoning the FGers, and Classy Clodagh in particular, on an almost daily basis for chats.

Well, no more. They may have been ‘besties’ for over a year but Cheevers has cut all ties with his FG compadrés.

As well as giving them the cold shoulder at Council meetings, Cheevers snubbed them virtually, too. He has removed or blocked Eddie and Clodagh from his friends list on Facebook.

While Eddie evidently hasn’t noticed, and Classy Clodagh described it as ‘kindergarten stuff’, Cheevers is boiling.

“I’m not impressed with the pact decision. We had an alliance from the start of Council with Fine Gael. They decided to shaft us to get two mayors,” he fumed.

For more Bradley Bytes, see this week’s Galway City Tribune. You can buy a digital edition HERE.

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