Tipperary Vote to Go Ahead
Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government Eoghan Murphy has signed a special order to allow the General Election vote take place in Tipperary this weekend. The death of Independent candidate Marese Skehan had caused doubt as to whether the Tipperary vote would have to be postponed so as to allow for the reopening of nominations.
Donegal Opinion Poll – Take 2
An opinion poll for the Tirconaill Tribune in Donegal suggests support for Sinn Féin is over 42% with the party’s Spokesperson on Finance Pearse Doherty dominating with almost one in three voters declaring their support for him. The poll, which has a significant sample size of over 1,400, suggests Doherty will bring in his running mate Pádraig MacLochlainn while outgoing Education Minister and Fine Gael TD Joe McCugh should secure his seat. Both Fianna Fáil TD Pat the Cope Gallagher and Charlie McConalogue are tied on 10% with at least one set to secure the fourth seat. The final seat will be a battle between the second Fianna Fáiler and Independent candidates Thomas Pringle TD and Cllr. John O’ Donnell.
On the Campaign Trail
Fine Gael Leader and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar is spending his final full day on the campaign trail in the Carlow-Kilkenny constituency where the party will face an uphill challenge to hold its two seats. Carlow based TD Pat Deering is seen to be in particular danger of losing his seat to Fianna Fáil and a resurgent Sinn Féin won’t do him any favours either.
Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin is spending the final full day of campaigning in his native Cork where the party is targeting key gains. However, if the Sinn Féin surge can reach over 20% in the Munster region then the Soldiers of Destiny may turn up just short in winning two seats in a number of target constituencies.
Sinn Féin are hoping to move away from the controversy regarding the comments made by MLA Conor Murphy which dominated the news agenda throughout yesterday. Speaking this morning Mary Lou McDonald said she was not trying to “spirit the past away” and once again expressed her confidence in Murphy who has said he isn’t holding back information on the circumstances around Paul Quinn’s death. Breege Quinn has today called on Murphy to resign from his post which may further escalate the issue.
The Labour Party is this morning launching the ‘Get out the vote’ message. The party has so far struggled to make any real impact in the campaign with high profile TDs such as Joan Burton, a former Tánaiste (Deputy Prime minister), viewed as being in particular danger of losing her seat.
The Green Party will hold its final press conference today where it will make a last-ditch appeal for voters to consider the environment as they prepare to go to the polls. The party has sought in recent days to move Climate Action from what has been a rather peripheral issue in this campaign to a more dominant position.
The Social Democrats will launch its ‘Cost of Living’ policy today which it will hope will resonate with middle-class voters,
Quotes of the Day
– “Sinn Féin’s justification for the IRA’s war is a continuing one. There never has really been any contrition and also to a large extent they want to shove down the throats of a new generation a narrative about the atrocities there were carried out which in my view serves to poison future generations”
– FF Leader Micheál Martin speaking yesterday evening.