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# Local Elections

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May 2023
# Local Elections
Sinn Féin's O'Neill puts pressure on British and Irish governments over Stormont
Sinn Fein emerged as the largest party in the local government elections this week.
# The North
Sinn Féin largest party in Northern Ireland local Government as DUP trails behind
Sinn Féin are currently in the lead with 132 seats, ahead of the DUP’s 114.
European elections to be held between 6 and 9 June next year
Each country can choose which day to hold their own elections within that time frame.
# poster vandalism
'What have I done to deserve that?': NI local election candidates on poster vandalism
‘As a candidate, it is hard to tell yourself that it’s not really you they are going after, it’s the party.’
# Local Elections
Tories braced for tough night as polls close in England’s local elections
Photographic ID was required to vote in England for the first time and campaigners said some people had been turned away from polling stations.
This year
# an coimisiún toghcháin
New Electoral Commission formally established with Supreme Court judge as chairperson
One of the commission’s responsibilities will be reviewing Dáil Éireann and European Parliament constituencies and local electoral area boundaries.
Last year
# Electoral Commission
New Electoral Commission set to be in place ahead of local elections in 2024
The Commission itself will be independent of the Government and will report directly to the Oireachtas.
# Local Elections
Bertie Ahern to address Citizens' Assembly on directly elected mayor for Dublin
The former Taoiseach will speak to the 80 members of the Assembly at 10.45 am on ‘The Reality of Devolution’.
# Local Elections
Boris Johnson accused of putting off voters as Tories down hundreds of council seats
Labour celebrated gains but their joy was overshadowed by the announcement of a police probe into whether Keir Starmer broke lockdown rules.
# Local Elections
Boris Johnson faces backlash from Tories as Conservatives lose key council seats
Labour’s Keir Starmer has hailed a ‘turning point’ as the party takes key London authorities from the Conservatives.
All time
# Local Elections
Over €150,000 to be given to political parties to increase number of female councillors
Funding has been granted in a bid to increase the number of female candidates and councillors in the next local election in 2024.
# Coronavirus
Britain cancels its May local elections due to coronavirus outbreak
The Electoral Commission yesterday wrote to ministers warning of ‘real risks’ to holding the elections as planned on 7 May.
# National Conference
Yoga, carbon tax and general election plans on the agenda for Green Party's national convention
A motion calling on the Greens not to enter into government with Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil will be voted on this weekend.
# Local Elections
Women represent less than 6% of seats on some councils - how does your council fare on gender?
Sinn Féin and Solidarity-People Before Profit were the only parties to see a decrease in the number of female elected candidates.
# long long weekend
The nation has voted - now here's your guide to when we'll find out the results
It probably will be after the weekend when we find out who fills what seats.
# last day
Candidates are out making their last pitches for your vote before the broadcast ban kicks in
Meanwhile more than 2,000 people on islands off the west coast are entitled to vote today.
# Dublin
Fianna Fáil election candidate assaulted by youth on scrambler bike during community clean-up
Gardaí confirmed they were investigating the incident.
# Your Say
Poll: Have you made up your mind how you'll vote in the local and European elections?
Ireland goes to the polls on Friday.
# Explainer
Ireland is set to choose 949 councillors - but what powers do they have in the current 'weak' system?
What do councillors actually have the power to do? Let’s have a look.
# go for it
Micheál Martin says some people on the doorsteps are calling on him to pull the plug on this government
‘People do say to me in some areas – go for it,’ said Martin.
# WiFi
'What planet are they living on?': Martin calls out 'farcical' broadband plan, says ESB agency should roll out network
FIanna Fáil says if in power it would set up an agency in the ESB to roll out broadband to rural Ireland.
# Your Say
Poll: Will you vote along party lines on 24 May?
Do you have a strong allegiance to a political party?
# vote vote vote
The Big Day of Voting: Today's your last chance to make sure you're registered to vote on May 24
There’s two elections, a referendum… and plebiscites in certain areas.
# going to the polls
'A simple message': Conservatives and Labour take serious hit in UK local elections
More than 200 of the 248 English councils have now announced their results.
# Your Say
Poll: Should election posters be banned?
The EU and local election campaigns begin today, so posters have been popping up all over the country.
# False start
And they're off! Local election posters spring up hours early - some want to rip them down already
We’re getting closer to voting day.
# no posters
Dalkey Tidy Towns won't be removing candidates' posters during the election campaign (despite saying they would)
The committee sent an email earlier today informing candidates that election posters would be removed.
# Juliet O'Connell
Dublin local election candidate criticised for using paper's likeness on campaign flyers
O’Connell issued two styles of fliers in her constituency featuring an edited version of the paper’s front page and unauthorised use of the publication’s masthead.
# mairia cahill
Máiría Cahill drops out of local elections following safety fears over her address
Cahill filed a restraining order to protect herself in the past, and now worries for the safety of herself and her young daughter if her address was to be released.
Turkey local elections: Setback for President Erdogan as party set to lose capital
The AKP party also risks defeat in the country’s economic hub Istanbul.
# Women for Election
Plan for 'bad weather' and 'watch out for dragons in your own party': What FF and FG are telling women election candidates
Two of the main political parties have held training events for women contemplating a life in politics.
# Fine Gael National Conference
Expect some not-so-subtle election promises as Fine Gaelers land in Wexford
‘Let’s take Ireland forward together’ is the theme of the Fine Gael’s National Spring conference, which kicks off today in Wexford.
# Local Elections
Over a hundred in Mosney direct provision centre register to vote in upcoming local elections
Registration drives have taken place in Dublin, Cork and Meath recently.
# Local Elections
'It can feel daunting': Ireland's first Deaf candidate wants to break down the electoral barriers
30-year-old Micheál Kelliher is running as an Independents 4 Change candidate in the Cabra-Glasnevin constituency.
# Local Elections
Explainer: What has led to resignations in the Social Democrats?
The Social Democrats are reviewing Dublin candidate Ellie Kisyombe’s background in response to a Sunday Times story.
# substituted
Referendum on divorce could be delayed, warns Taoiseach
It was due to be held in May, but Varadkar said the woman in the home referendum might take its place.
# sorcha mcanespy
FF's deputy leader says it was 'premature' for McAnespy to be told she would be a candidate in NI elections
There was confusion within the party last night as Councillor Sorcha McAnespy was announced at an event in Tyrone.
# Your Say
Poll: Do you think quotas should be introduced in local elections?
Is it necessary to introduce quotas to increase the number of women and minorities elected to city and county councils?
# Women for Election
Mixed reaction to step back from gender quotas for local elections
Political parties that run at least 30% female candidates in next year’s local elections will get funding for an equality officer.
Opinion: 'I want to invite every woman in this country to run for election'
Our local elections next year are a great opportunity for progress and change. Think about running, writes Ciairín de Buis.