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.


    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....

  • 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 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.

  • 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.

  • The gap between Fine Gael and Fianna Fail has narrowed in the latest opinion poll.

    Support for the main opposition party is up 4 points to 25 per cent in the Sunday Times/ Behaviour and Attitudes survey.

    Fine Gael is down two to 32 per cent.

    Sinn Féin also drop two per cent to 20 per cent.

    Labour is up two at 5.

    While Solidarity People Before Profit are up 2 to 3 per cent, with the Green Party up one also on 3 per cent.

    No change for The Independent Alliance on 4 with Independents and Others dropping 2 to 8 per cent voter support.

  • The former Rose of Tralee Maria Walsh from Shrule has confirmed that she is seeking the Fine Gael nomination to contest the European Elections in this constituency, the Midlands Northwest constituency.

    The party’s selection convention will be held on Friday week, Feb 22nd, at the Mullingar Park Hotel.

    Fine Gael have a sitting MEP in this constituency, that’s Mairead McGuinness


    Fine Gael will contest the Ballina Municipal District local elections with a 4 strong team.

    They were selected in a convention on Friday night last at the Great National Hotel, Ballina.

    The ticket in the 6 seat constituency will include 2 sitting cllrs – Jarlath Munnelly and John O’Hara and they will be joined by Kieran Gill and Aileen Horkan.

     The Fine Gael team to contest the 7 seater Castlebar Municipal District in the upcoming local elections will be selected this evening after 6pm in the TF Royal Hotel, Castlebar.

    There are now 5 contenders going forward, they include sitting cllr Cyril Burke, former cllrs Ger Deere and Eugene McCormack  together with Padraig Corcoran of Lahardane, and Castlebar based Darren McCormack.

    It remains to be seen how many candidates the party will put on the ticket .

     The Fianna Fáil selection convention for the Connemara North constituency takes place this evening at Peacock’s Hotel Maam Cross.

    Three names are being put forward for two places on the ticket.

    Sitting councillor Séamus Walsh and Josie Conneely and Gerry King.

    The selection convention gets underway at 6pm this evening.


  • The Minister for Finance has effectively ruled out a general election this year.

    Paschal Donohue says he is already working on Budget 2020 for October and is confident it will pass.

    He was speaking at the Fine Gael National Conference in Wexford, where 1-thousand party members have gathered for the two day event, ending with a televised address by the Taoiseach tonight.

    Minister Donohue is confident he will get the Budget through by the end of the year.

  • Minister Michael Ring insists that no government can be looking over it’s shoulder wondering if Fianna Fail will or will not support it, as the most critical discussions on Brexit are taking place between now and the end of this year.

    That’s why he says the Taoiseach wrote an open letter to the media yesterday calling on Fianna Fail to extend the Confidence and Supply Agreement out to 2020.

    But, according to Mayo deputy Lisa Chambers, speaking on Midwest Radio’s lunchtime news today, there is nothing in the Confidence and Supply agreement between Fine Gael and Fianna Fail that suggests that any discussion on extending the three year agreement up to 2020 should occur, until after the upcoming budget. She stated that the Taoiseach Leo Varadkar knows that quite well, and that just because he now wants to change the goalposts through a letter to the media yesterday, that does not mean it should happen.

    The Confidence and Supply agreement is keeping the present government in office and deputy Chambers says if the Taoiseach wanted to change it, there is a mechanism in place- he should have contacted Micheal Martin directly and he didn’t do that.

    Speaking to Midwest News today Minister Ring said everyone would agree that we need a strong government in place as we negotiate on the international stage for a Brexit deal that is acceptable to this country and it makes perfect sense to begin discussions now with Fianna Fail about extending the agreement that keeps the government in office, as the budget is in three weeks time.

  • Fine Gael would still top the poll in a general election.

    A Sunday Independent / Kantar Millward Brown poll taken between the 18th and 30th of April, gives the party 34 percent of the vote, ahead of Fianna Fail on 27 and Sinn Fein on 22.

    Labour and the Independent Alliance are both on 5 percent, The Greens on 3 percent, non-aligned Independents on 2, and Solidarity/People Before Profit on 1.

  • Former Minister of State John Perry will attempt to make his political comeback this week as he contests the Fine Gael selection convention in Sligo / Leitrim.

    The former Sligo-Leitrim TD says his decision to mount a legal challenge against Fine Gael after he was not selected as a candidate for the 2016 general election is water under the bridge and said he believed people respected him for standing firm at the time.

    Mr Perry is one of nine candidates seeking a party nomination at Thursday's convention in the Clayton Hotel in Sligo.

    Sitting TD Tony McLoughlin has decided not to stand in the next election.




    Taoiseach Leo Varadker has given the opening address at the 2-day Fine Gael think-in, which is taking place 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 Brexit.

    Addressing the party, the Taoiseach said it's prudent for Fine Gael to prepare for a general election.

    It comes as the future of the Confidence and Supply arrangement with Fianna Fail remains unclear.

    Leo Varadkar says his party isn't 'battle ready' for an election but they are making arrangements, with candidates selected in all but four constituencies.

  • The Taoiseach will take comfort from the latest political opinion poll out today.

    Despite the recent nurses' strike and rows over spending for the National Children's Hospital, Fine Gael have lost just one percent and still head the leader-board at 31 percent.

    Fianna Fail are 7 points behind, up 2 on 24 percent in today's RedC poll for the Sunday Business Post.

    However the paper's Political Editor Michael Brennan says Sinn Fein are the big winners, up 5 points to 18%. 

  • The sudden death has occurred of a former Mayor of Castlebar, businessman Brendan Heneghan. He died last night, aged 53.

    One of the county town's best known personalities, he became ill at his home in Snugboro on Sunday night and passed away early this morning at Mayo University Hospital.

    His death has shocked and saddened the entire community.

    He is survived by his wife Patricia, sons Tom, Colm and John, mother Carmel, relatives and friends.

    A member of the local Fine Gael party, he served on Castlebar Town Council from 2003 to 2014, and during that time was the Mayor of Castlebar for two terms.

    Paying tribute to him today, close friend, neighbour and former Castlebar Town Council colleague, Ger Deere told Midwest News that the Brendan was an outstanding family man who loved everything about Castlebar and its people. He described him as “Mr Castlebar” and said a light had been extinguished in the town centre today with news of his passing

    There are no funeral arrangements available, as yet. 

  • Fine Gael has selected three candidates to run in next May's local elections in the new seven-seat electoral area of Castlebar.

    They are outgoing Councillor Cyril Burke together with former county councillor Eugene McCormack and former town councillor Ger Deere.

    Two other nominees at last night’s convention in the TF Royal Hotel in Castlebar, Darren McCormack and Padraig Corcoran, were unsuccessful while former town councillor Noreen Heston withdrew her nomination ahead of the convention.

    The night’s proceedings, including a ballot, was chaired by Galway Councillor Padraig Conneely


    Fianna Fail selected two candidates to contest the local election in Connemara North last night.

    They are sitting councillor Séamus Walsh and Gerry King.

    The selection convention took place in Peacock’s Hotel in Maam Cross.

     The sitting councillor was automatically chosen for the ticket without a vote.

    A close contest took place for the second position on the ticket between Josie Conneely and Gerry King.