Thursday, May 09, 2019

OF the 39 candidates who will contest the local elections in Laois, 20 will not be elected.

Formal nominations in the three municipal districts closed on Friday afternoon, with 29 men and ten women declaring their intention to contest the election on Friday 24 May. They have until noon today (Tuesday) to formally withdraw.

Only six of the 14 hopefuls will be successful in the Borris-in-Ossory/Mountmellick district, while in the seven-seat Portlaoise district, 16 will be vying for seats; and nine will compete for six seats in Graiguecullen/Portarlington.

Only one of the sitting 19 incumbents – cllr John Moran – will not contest the election.

Ten of the 39 have no party affiliation, two are from Labour, four from Sinn Féin, two from Renua Ireland, 11 from Fianna Fáil and ten from Fine Gael.

Fourteen of the candidates describe themselves as full-time public representatives, five as farmers, five as being self-employed and three retirees. You then have an unemployed person as well as a secretary, garage manager, solicitor, businessman, engineer, recruitment officer, a veterinary surgeon, a labourer, security officer, accountant, company director, a trade union organiser, a social worker and a supervisor.

Also on polling day, voters will be asked to choose from 23 candidates who are contesting five seats in the Ireland South constituency for the European elections.

People will also be given a third ballot sheet and will be asked to decide on removing the constitutional provision relating to how long people must be living apart before they can apply for divorce, as well as a proposal in relation to the recognition of foreign divorces.

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By Joe Barrett
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