Tag Archives: 2019

This evening.

Cormac McQuinn, in the Irish Independent, reports:

Turnout out figures in today’s by-elections are dismally low with the numbers turning up to cast their votes standing at an average of 6.4pc across three of the four constituencies.

There is expected to be an increase in voters after work this evening but there is a wide-spread expectation in political circles that the overall turn-out will be very low, perhaps in the region of 30pc.

As of noon the average turnout in polling stations in Dublin Fingal was just 5.8pc.

It was as low as 2.9pc in Naul National School in the rural part of the constituency.

By-election turnout dismally low so far (Cormac McQuinn, Independent.ie)

Meanwhile…

People Before Profit by-election candidate for Dublin Mid West Kellie Sweeney tweetz:

I want to apologise to households in Forest Hill in Rathcoole who didn’t receive my postcard for the election. Unfortunately these were found dumped and ripped up. I want to thank An Post for taking this very seriously and investigating the incident.

Earlier: Graves’ Responsibility

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar

This lunchtime.

RTÉ reports:

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has ruled out holding a general election before Christmas.

It is understood that at a meeting with Fine Gael ministers this morning, Mr Varadkar told colleagues that this would not be in the best interest of the country given that Brexit remains unresolved.

The issue was raised by the Taoiseach himself following speculation in recent days about the timing of an election.

Taoiseach rules out pre-Christmas general election (RTÉ)

Earlier: “This Is About A Very Small Number Of Fine Gael Ministers Wanting To Get Out Of Their Current Job”

Rollingnews

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson

Laura Kuenssberg, of BBC, tweetz:

PM [Boris Johnson] putting down motion for a general election to be voted on on Monday, to take place on 12th December – No 10’s gambit is that if Labour agrees, then they will timetable Brexit bill again with time for scrutiny until 6th November when they want to dissolve Parliament.

Boris Johnson pushes for December 12 general election (ITV)