Waterhouse Football Club President Fitzroy Vidal says the club has to go shopping in the January window to strengthen areas where it has failed on the pitch this season, this as the local powerhouse team looks to rise from its position at the bottom of the 12-team league.”Certainly, I am not comfortable with the present squad of players. I think that my team needs to be strengthened, and we know where the weak areas are; we have identified them. We think this transfer window presents an opportunity for us to fix that,” admitted Vidal, the club’s new president.”We have conceded too many goals, and that is one of the areas we are looking to strengthen. We have identified the players for those positions, but I won’t call names now. But I am hoping that we can get some of these deals wrapped up and start getting better results,” he told The Gleaner.Waterhouse, currently bottom on 15 points, started the season with Calvert Fitzgerald at the helm. But after a shaky start, he was briefly replaced by former coach Anthony Patrick, before Paul Young assumed responsibilities recently as head coach.Throughout the season, the team has struggled for wins, with only three victories from 19 outings to date.TURNING AROUND CRISISThe Drewsland-based club has dwelled at the bottom of the table for most of the season, but Vidal has no doubt Young can turn the crisis around and return normalcy to the Waterhouse Stadium.”I reached out for the coach that I have confidence in, and that is Paul Young. He had to finish up some other work that he was doing overseas, … and in the interim, I brought in Anthony Patrick.”Paul took a bit longer than I expected to come in, but since Paul came, in his first two games, we got six goals, significantly more than we have been getting. So at least the conversion is taking place now,” the club president assessed.”The discipline and motivation is at a high at the club, all the players have stepped up their games and we believe we are on our way to getting back to the top,” he continued.Vidal has no fear of relegation and remains confident Waterhouse FC will make the top four, despite being 14 points adrift of a play-off spot.”It is all-important for us to be in the League, and I have no doubt at this time that we will not drop out of the league. We believe we belong there. We are satisfied with what we are doing to ensure that we maintain our status in the Premier League, and we are going to compete as we are not done yet. I tell you confidently that we are heading for the semi-finals,” he stated.”I want to say thanks to the fans for standing by us in this difficult time. We know it is not easy, but your support has been a tower of strength behind us. I am happy to be a part of this mighty club and committed to delivering results.”
Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Boston Red Sox at New York Yankees: It’s on — again. Mookie Betts and the Red Sox make their first trip of the season to New York to take on Aaron Judge and the Yankees. Boston won the AL East in 2017, and then bolstered its lineup by signing slugger J.D. Martinez to a $110 million, five-year contract in February. New York, which lost to Houston in last year’s AL Championship Series, traded for Giancarlo Stanton in December, creating the type of star-studded batting order usually only found in video games. One of baseball’s biggest rivalries is must-see TV again in 2018.THURSDAY, MAY 17Tampa Bay Rays at Los Angeles Angels: Albert Pujols begins the season just 32 hits shy of 3,000, and he could be right around the magic number when Los Angeles welcomes Tampa Bay to town for the opener of a four-game series. The 38-year-old Pujols isn’t as dangerous as he was at the start of his career, but he hit 23 homers and drove in 101 runs for the Angels last year. He dropped about 15 pounds over the winter and could see more time at first base after Los Angeles signed pitcher and designated hitter Shohei Ohtani over the winter.FRIDAY, JUNE 15Chicago Cubs at St. Louis Cardinals: The NL Central used to belong to the Cardinals, but it has been the Cubs’ show lately. Chicago won the division in each of the past two seasons and remains the favorite after signing right-hander Yu Darvish to a $126 million, six-year contract in February. St. Louis traded for outfielder Marcell Ozuna in December and is hoping to return to the playoffs for the first time since 2015. A good place to start might be the season series against Chicago after the Cardinals lost 14 of 19 games against the Cubs last year.ADVERTISEMENT Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw throws against the Los Angeles Angels during the first inning of a spring baseball game in Tempe, Ariz., Wednesday, March 7, 2018. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)Baseball begins again with every team opening on the same day for the first time since 1968. Here are a handful of dates to mark on the calendar:THURSDAY, MARCH 29ADVERTISEMENT Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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He takes on a much more challenging lineup after the Giants acquired Evan Longoria and Andrew McCutchen in a pair of offseason trades. It’s the first opener between the clubs since 2013.MONDAY, APRIL 2FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownBaltimore Orioles at Houston Astros: Reigning AL MVP Jose Altuve and the Astros celebrate the franchise’s first championship before their home opener against Adam Jones and the Orioles. The Astros outlasted the Dodgers in a seven-game World Series last fall, and they might be even better this year after acquiring right-hander Gerrit Cole in a January trade with Pittsburgh. The Orioles are hoping to bounce back after finishing last in the rugged AL East last season.TUESDAY, MAY 8 Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims View comments Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ TUESDAY, JULY 17All-Star Game: The Midsummer Classic returns to Washington for the first time since Willie McCovey homered twice in the National League’s 9-3 victory at Robert F. Kennedy Stadium in 1969. That was part of a long run of dominance for the NL in one of baseball’s showcase events, but times have changed. The American League won 2-1 in 10 innings in Miami last year for its fifth consecutive victory.TUESDAY, JULY 31Trade deadline: The last chance for teams to make deals without having to first pass players through waivers.THURSDAY, AUG. 30Minnesota Twins at Cleveland Indians: The AL Central rivals conclude their season series with eight games in August after Cleveland ran away from Minnesota on its way to the division title a year ago. The Twins are much improved after making a surprise playoff appearance in 2017, signing right-hander Lance Lynn and slugger Logan Morrison off the slow free-agent market and trading for righty Jake Odorizzi. The Indians return mostly intact after winning 102 games last season and dropping a heartbreaking first-round playoff series against the Yankees.SUNDAY, SEPT. 23New York Mets at Washington Nationals: When New York and Washington are healthy, they offer all sorts of tantalizing pitching matchups when they play each other. But the Mets have been hampered by injuries for the past couple years while the Nationals have captured the NL East in each of the previous two seasons. Each team is looking for a breakthrough under a new manager, with Mickey Callaway hoping to get the Mets back into the playoffs and Dave Martinez trying to guide the Nationals to postseason success.SUNDAY, SEPT. 30Texas Rangers at Seattle Mariners: Ichiro Suzuki begins his 18th season in the majors in the same place where he started after he came to the United States from Japan, returning to Seattle for a $750,000, one-year contract. If he decides this is it — Suzuki turns 45 in October, but doesn’t seem to be entertaining the idea of retiring anytime soon — he could play his final game at Safeco Field in the season finale. LATEST STORIES MOST READ
Dear Editor,The Indian Action Committee (IAC) is outraged and deeply disturbed at the photographs published in the local media recording dangerous prisoners at the New Amsterdam Prison enjoying themselves and brandishing bottles of expensive foreign liquor while appearing to smoke cigarettes and marijuana.The IAC is of the strongest opinion that this lawlessness must be brought to an end immediately and is calling on President David Granger to ensure that all those persons responsible for permitting this egregious lawlessness must either be called upon to resign or be dismissed.The IAC also believes that Public Security Minister and Vice President Khemraj Ramjattan has proved himself to be incapable, inept and incompetent to carry out the political responsibility for the Guyana Prison Service and given the fact that 17 prisoners lost their lives at the Camp Street Prison in March 2017; the destruction of the Camp Street Prison with the loss of one Prison Officer in July 2017; the inadequate facilities followed by the escape of prisoners from the Lusignan Prison also in July 2017; and now this outrage at the New Amsterdam Prison in May 2018, all occurring under his watch, is enough basis for his immediate removal from this crucial position pertaining to the nation’s security.The, IAC, therefore, is calling upon President David Granger to immediately request Minister Ramjattan to resign or failing which to dismiss him.The IAC also is of the belief that the Director of Prisons, Gladwin Samuels is also incapable, inept and incompetent to administer the prison system of Guyana and the organisation is calling on President Granger to request his resignation or failing which to dismiss him.The IAC is calling upon President Granger to investigate this matter thoroughly and identify all those prison officials culpable in allowing dangerous prisoners access to cellphones, alcohol, and narcotics and to place them before the courts.The IAC recognises that the Guyana Prison Service needs new, strong, strict and stern management now since prisons are places that require stiff discipline and, therefore, it may be necessary for the military to be brought in to ensure that order be restored to the prisons until a new cadre of responsible prison officers are trained.Yours sincerely,Indian ActionCommittee
Forensic audithe Mahaica-Mahaicony-Abary/Agriculture Development Authority (MMA/ADA) has been operating without adhering to the policies and good practices, purchasing over a dozen vehicles without any authorisation, according to a forensic audit report.The auditor, TSD Lal and Company, noted while the entity does not have a code or policy on good corporate governance, authority failed to comply with certain areas of the MMA-ADA’s Act. “Policies and good practices were lacking in areas of asset management, inventory management, fuel consumption, lease distribution, rental of premises, etc,” the report added.In fact, it was pointed out that, “instances were found where vehicles were purchased but no authorisation was seen in the budget or minutes of the meetings of Board members.” This was in reference to the purchase of four vehicles in 2012 and another 10 vehicles in 2013, with no appropriate authorisation.Moreover, the auditors found that the MMA-ADA’s asset management needs improvement. “Registers were not kept up to date, assets were disposed of with no documented evidence, vehicles were crashed with no proper investigation being done or staff being penalised,” they noted.The latter case is in relation to the authority’s “Mechanical Manager”, Shilendra Singh, being assigned motor vehicle PSS 2052 which crashed and was extensively damaged. However, no report was forwarded to the Board of Directors and no disciplinary action has been taken to date, as well as no rectification had been done to the vehicle.According to the auditing company, the Authority may have to bear the cost of replacing/repairing the vehicle; as such, the auditor recommended that all assets should be properly safe-guarded and in the event of an accident and a full investigation and follow up action be undertaken promptly.On this note, it was also observed that the assets register was not up to date and instances were found where serial numbers, location of assets, assets numbers or labels were missing. Additionally, assets were being transferred between MMA-ADA and the Agriculture Ministry and other Ministries without proper documents or correspondence being sent.This was highlighted in the case where it was discovered that the Hydromet Office had purchased and stored fuel valued $19,865,486 at MMA locations and the MMA utilised the fuel with no documented authorisation but had reimbursed Hydromet with a vehicle (PRR 2131) costing $8,060,580 in full settlement of this expense.The auditor pointed out that there was no approval of this transaction even though it was noted that this was a one-off incident. However, the report added too that the fuel may have been misappropriated and so a recommendation was made for inter-authority transactions to have proper approval from relevant authority.In relation to fuel consumption for the period January 2012 to May 2015, the auditors found that a total of $43,195,943 was spent on vehicles on MMA/ADA assets register, while some 23,982,000 for vehicles not on the MMA/ADA assets register.TSD Lal and Company believes that the funds for fuel consumed may have been misappropriated and expenses overstated. It was recommended that the Authority should only provide fuel to vehicles that have been approved by the Board of Directors.This brings the issue of “expenses” to the fore. The auditors noted that MMA/ADA operates a cash basis of accounting, with all revenues collected documented and banked subsequently. In many of the cases, payments were without the relevant documents, such as invoices or quotations being prepared to support the payments as well as payments being made without the relevant authorisation.One instance was outlined whereby a payment of $3 million was incurred by the authority to one Adesh Rampratop for repairs to motor vehicle PRR 7716, a vehicle designated to former Agriculture Minister, Dr Leslie Ramsammy, and which was not part of the MMA/ADA’s fixed assets register.“The Authority incurred expenses not belonging to it,” the auditors noted, while recommending that “only goods or services procured for the benefit of the Authority should be paid for.”Furthermore, the auditing company detailed in the report that there was a strong possibility that the Authority may be losing revenue because of under-valuations of rental property, minimal rent charges and not collecting fees in relation to drainage and irrigation services.As it relates to rentals, the auditors noted that the Authority did not update the files for tenants regularly and instances were found where agreements were missing. Additionally, it was stated that many agreements that expired were not renewed.“This may affect the Authority’s claim to rental of these premises. Additionally, it indicated a breakdown of the system of internal controls… For every premise rented, there must be a signed copy of the rental agreement in relation to the premise. Also, the agreement must be updated and filed securely,” the auditors stated.Moreover, it was disclosed that rent to the tune of $35 million was receivable (owed) and upon investigation, many of the amounts were found to be over one year. This, the auditors said, indicates that the Authority may not be able to recover some of this rent and cast doubt on the ability of the entity to collect moneys from tenants. It was recommended that legal action be taken to recover these amounts.
… in BerbicePolice ranks on the West Coast of Berbice, while on an early morning patrol, on Sunday arrested two males and a female after a routine stop-and-search operation on the Weldaad Public Road led to the discovery of 11 taped parcels containing the suspected illicit drug.The parcels of marijuana were found in a motor car driven by one of the detainees.According to the Police, the suspects aged 42, 26 and 24 respectively, all residents of New Amsterdam, are presently in Police custody assisting with investigations.Meanwhile, the West Coast Berbice Police have launched an investigation following a separate and earlier incident on the same day, in relation to a parcel of contraband, which was thrown over the walls into the compound of the New Amsterdam Prison.Official information received from Police indicates that the bag contained some 930 grams of cannabis and 52 packs of cigarettes among other prohibited items.The package was promptly retrieved by security personnel at the penitentiary and later handed over to the Police. Investigations are in full swing.
0Shares0000The defender has been a loyal Gor Mahia player having spent his entire eight year professional career at the club. He joined straight from High School in 2010 when the club was under the tutelage of legendary coach James Siang’a. Photo/COURTESYNAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 18- The immediate former Gor Mahia duo of Musa Mohammed and Kenneth Muguna have finally received their travel documents and are set to depart for Albania on Sunday to seal their move to second tier side FK Tirana.The pair have already agreed personal terms over a two-year contract and will make it formal once they land in the Albanian capital. Mohammed leaves Gor as a free agent while Muguna who joined the record 16-time champions from Western Stima at the beginning of last season had a transfer fee reported to be about Sh4mn (USD40,000) agreed between Tirana and Gor.“I am really pleased that this move is finally done and I can’t wait to start my new journey. This has been the product of hard work and determination and hopefully I can translate the same form in Albania,” Mohammed told Capital Sport.“It will not be hard to settle in because we are re-uniting with our former coach Ze Maria which is something great. We know his methods, we know how it works so blending in will not be tough,” he added.Harambee Stars captain Musa Mohammed walks into the pitch before Kenya’s match against Rwanda in the CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup on December 3, 2017 in Kakamega. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluThe defender has been a loyal Gor Mahia player having spent his entire eight year professional career at the club. He joined straight from High School in 2010 when the club was under the tutelage of legendary coach James Siang’a.He was scouted by another former Gor coach Gideon Ochieng who has since relocated to the United States.“I was really motivated to join Gor because I knew it was a great club and once the opportunity arose, I didn’t back down. I took on the challenge and the rest has been happily ever after,” the defender further said.The defender leaves K’Ogalo with a decorated hat having won four league titles, three of them as captain, one KPL Top 8 and two FKF Cup titles.Gor Mahia’s Musa Mohammed was named the SJAK best defender. Photo/Erick BarazaHe was crowned defender of the year by the Sports Journalists Association of Kenya (SJAK) at the end of last season having finished second twice in the annual awards in 2015 and 2016.Mohammed also ended 2017 having helped the national team Harambee Stars to the CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup.“I have learnt quite a lot and form me it felt like this was the right time to leave. I wanted to get a new challenge because I have won virtually everything with Gor. As a player who wants to improve I needed something new to push me and this is it,” the 28-year old said.He has paid homage to the K’Ogalo faithful who he says have been the reason behind his and the team’s success.“The fans were always on the pitch supporting us and demanding of success and it is because of them the team did well and everyone improved. I also want to thank my team-mates all through the eight years for their support especially when I was captain,” Mohammed stated.Gor Mahia midfielder Kenneth Muguna celebrates his goal against Chemelil Sugar in a Kenyan Premier League clash at the Thika Stadium on May 10, 2017. PHOTO/CourtesyThe duo will set foot on a ground that erstwhile has been a tough stomping ground for Kenyan players. Moses Arita and James Situma famously landed at the Albanian club but failed to settle, coming back home.“I can’t really say it’s something that bothers either me or Junior (Muguna). We are going there to work and that’s our focus. What happened in the past is in the past,” Mohammed further states.The two find Tirana perched at fifth spot on the Albanian First Division table, just within the promotion bracket. With 12 matches already played, Tirana are on 17 points, 12 behind leaders Kastrioti Kruje.“Our target and ambition is to go help the team gain promotion and we will give our best to see that target attained.”0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)
TV presenter Dáithí Ó Sé has given one Donegal teacher a quick lesson in show business ahead of the Illistrin Lip Sync Battle event.Teacher Claire Molloy had a big surprise this weekend when she was sent a video message from Dáithí to wish her luck in the contest. The Illistrin Lip Sync Battle show will take place on Friday at 8pm on March 24th in The Mount Errigal Hotel. The event will see members of the football club, teachers, past pupils and friends getting together to battle it out and perform their favourite songs. The winner will receive €100 towards their chosen charity and there will be spot prizes for the audience on the night as well as a special guest appearance by Donegal’s Fittest Family, the Ryans.Dáithí wished Claire the best of luck as she prepares for her act as Honey Rose.“Honey Rose, I hope you don’t disgrace yourself because you’d never be let into Glennamaddy ever again,” he warned. Claire and Dáithí aren’t strangers, as Claire told Donegal Daily: “I sat beside Dáithí in Croke park at the All-Ireland final between Donegal v Kerry. He was such a nice guy so it was a big surprise to get this message just before we go on stage next Friday night.”Tickets are still on sale, and are available from 2-3pm on Wednesday. Excitement is rising for the big event, so follow the Facebook page for updates and to find out how you can get a ticket – CLICK HERE.Watch: TV star Daithi delivers a strict warning to a Letterkenny teacher! was last modified: March 20th, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:eventsIllistrinlip sync battle
U16 medley relay team with Gerry davenport community games and coach Conor Boyce.Swilly Seals have put in a tremendous performance at the Community Games Finals in Athlone.More than 20 swimmers from the club took a short break after a busy season that ended in May.They then hit the water for a 7 week block of intense training in preparation for the national finals. And boy did all that training paid off.There were some brilliant swims with all swimmers setting personal best times.Sinead O’Kane finished 4th in the 50m breaststroke final and Jonathan Martin placed 4th in the 50m backstroke final.But the excitement peaked in the last two events of the weekend with the u13 freestyle relay winning bronze medals. The team was made up of Thomas Keys, Oisin Sheridan, NIall Diver, Eoin Bonar and subs Conor Sheilds and Johnny Lambe. They won their heat and semi final convincingly and led the final right up to the last 2 metres.The next and last event of the competition saw the u16 medley relay team win gold with a brilliant display of technique and power finishing just two metres ahead of second place.The medley relay team were Jonathan Martin backstroke, Rory Boyce breaststroke, Brian Diver butterfly and Thomas Coyle freestyle and subs were Conal Bonar and Gerry Drumm.The atmosphere was electric and both coaches Conor and Anthony (both Rathmullan men!) and parents were extremely proud of the swimmers.There will be a short break of two weeks for these athletes before returning to training in September for another exciting year of competition. SWILLY SEALS DO SWIMMINGLY WELL AT COMMUNITY GAMES was last modified: August 19th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Community Games FinalsdonegalSwilly Seals
“When my family would travel to Mexico we would go to the wrestling matches. It was always so much fun, such a family time,’ he said. Further representative of that family time is a black-and-white picture of Sanchez and his brother wrestling when they were children. Los Angeles Artist Victor Hoare’s altar is focused on Santeria, a religion which blends African indigenous traditions with Catholicism. The altar features fruits, cigars, rice, beans, rocks and garlic, mostly natural items that would typically be dropped off at such an altar. “The idea is people drop off offerings at the altar, in the hope that the Gods will look out for them,’ said Hoare. The exhibit, that also includes a memory wall where people can drop off written memories of loved ones or pictures, will be on display at the center at 9200 Mines Ave. until Nov. 23. Debbie Pfeiffer Trunnell can be reached at (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3028, or by e- mail at email@example.com. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Concurrently, it’s a time to pay tribute to Dia de los Muertos or Day of the Dead, a Mexican and Mexican-American celebration of dead ancestors which occurs on Tuesday and Wednesday. The souls of children are believed to return on Nov. 1, with adults’ spirits following on Nov. 2. In Sanchez’s altar, designed to look like a wrestling ring, there are five masks representing Mexico’s most famous deceased wrestlers, including El Santo, who also played a superhero in Mexican movies, black-and- white pictures of the men in their heyday and food people who typically eat at matches. “There’s pork skin, puffed wheat snacks, candy and, of course, beer, that would be sold at the matches,’ he said. “I think if the spirits of the wrestlers came it would be for the food. I know that is what I would miss if I was dead.’ Sanchez chose the theme because Lucha Libra, the Mexican version of professional wrestling, was a part of his childhood and is a big part of the culture there. Pico Rivera — Whittier artist Abel Sanchez placed yellow and orange marigolds next to masks on his Mexican wrestling altar, while nearby Sandra Gonzalez put her father’s picture on her altar dedicated to La Loteria, or Mexican bingo. The two artists and a third, Victor Hoare, have been working for weeks to create the altars for the Dia de Los Muertos Iconic Mexico exhibit at the Pico Rivera Centre for the Arts. Friday was the day for the artists to add fresh flowers from the Flower Market in Los Angeles and personal items. “My dad liked to play bingo in Mexico when he was little, so this is my way to honor both him and this Mexican tradition,’ said Gonzalez, a South Gate artist, of her altar featuring bingo cards, candles and painted symbols from the cards. The idea for the exhibit came from art center staff members who wanted to recognize what is important to every man, woman and child in Latino culture, said Carmela Garcia, center coordinator.
As preparations for the general election take shape it is emerging that the Fianna Fail grassroots across Donegal are in favour of nominating three candidates.The Tirconail Tribune Editor John McAteer reports that the names emerging as popular favourites within the FF grassroots are Deputy Charlie McConalogue, Cllr. Ciaran Brogan and Cllr. Seamus O’Domhnaill in the West Donegal Gaeltacht.Party sources say that having a candidate in West Donegal is vital to their chances to take two seats in the new Donegal five seat constituency. All three candidates have a substantial number of registered support should the decision be made one of the party’s rare conventions. However we understand that in the peculiar confrontational nature of party politics the decision will be made by party headquarters, similar to 2011 and more recently in the local elections in the Letterkenny area.It has also emerged that one section of Fianna Fail is considering their position insofar as contesting a nomination and a number of meetings have taken place in recent weeks.Key players have told the Tribune that these meetings have not made any real progress on a number of matters including an issue about the cost of party membership. The cost to join the party is a mere €20.There is a clear demand, we are told, for a new Independent party in Donegal… but with a proper whip system since nothing else can pull together the strands of support needed to have a cohesive chance of success in a general election. However Cllr. John O’Donnell has already thrown his hat into the ring while at the other end of the constituency, outgoing Deputy Thomas Pringle, with the support of a number of Independent Cllrs. will start as a favourite to retain his seat.Meanwhile the latest opinion polls are spelling disaster for Fianna Fail nationally. They are on 19%: up less than two percentage points since their fall from grace in 2011 when their loss of more than 50 seats was their worst performance since they were founded in 1926.Their four year period in exile has done little for party morale and here in Donegal there is a certain amount of support to sack Michael Martin and replace him with someone else, anyone else. And Eamon O’Cuiv is the most mentioned future leader of the party since it would seem appropriate in the shadow of the 100th anniversary of the 1916 Rising.Fianna Fail is facing a major battle to win a second seat in Donegal but that pales into insignificance to the task facing Fine Gael.The last general election saw FG having a field day in Donegal’s two constituencies but the perceived political wisdom would say they don’t stand a snowball’s chance of retaining these seats in a reduced five-seater scenario. However much will depend on the next Budget if they are to win back the trust that so many people placed in them in 2011. The local elections were a catastrophe for them and a six seat group on Donegal County Council is a very poor return for a party in Government. Senior FG grassroot members who’ve spoken to us recently say the party structure is at a low ebb and the fear for their fate in the election. They point to water charges, cuts in social welfare payments, the hospital beds and waiting lists fiasco that the party promised to fix as all being key issues in public anger that the FG Leadership has not addressed.And despite the heavy duty public relations spin since in relation to job creation and the ending of emigration, the public reaction to these FG claims border on incredulity.Sinn Fein will be confident about retaining their two seats: but on a good day and with the right candidate they could take an extra seat. Party sources rue the loss of Cora Harvey since her stature, location and gender would have ticked all the boxes in mid Donegal for the Shinners.But the name of Cllr. Gary Doherty is being put about as a possible third runner…as always SF is saying nothing at this early stage of the campaign. The general election results from 2011 gave Fine Gael a huge increase nationally taking 76 seats: an increase of 25. And this result saw FG claim a share of 36.1%: up by 8.8%.In stark contrast this was the FF Election from Hell. Their seats tally dropped to 20: down by 51 but worse still their first preference vote halved and they ended up with 17.2%.Labour gained 17 seats to take a total of 37 and more importantly they won a share of 19.4%: up by 9.3% since their previous outing. At the same time Sinn Fein captured 14 seats which was a gain of nine: they won a share of 9.9%. Today they are Ireland’s leading party, according to the opinion polls on 26%.Fine Gael is on 25%, Fianna Fáil on 19% and Labour goes up to 6%. Independents take a big, down to 23% from a recent high of 32%.Satisfaction with the Government is on 23%, while the four main party leaders see their satisfaction with voters go up.72% of those polled say Leo Varadkar being gay makes no difference to his chances of being Taoiseach.FIANNA FAIL COULD RUN THREE CANDIDATES IN GENERAL ELECTION – McATEER was last modified: February 19th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegalfianna failTirconail Tribune