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Morris on how to vote – advice for new voters

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Sinn Féin’s Tipperary General Election candidate Cllr. Séamie Morris has released a video to help new voters understand what they’ll do on Friday 26th.

Cllr Morris said: “The counting of votes is complicated, but casting your vote is not. The task for the new voter is quite simple – once they go out to vote! The real voice for change is You.”

An information card was sent to every registered voter. That states where you’ll be voting. The most important bit of information on that is whereyou’ll vote. In the polling station, you’ll find your polling table according the to booth number on the card, but you can ask at any table when you get there if you’re unsure.”

The staff are quite used to helping people out, so you won’t be the only person to ask.”

When you find the right table, you might be asked for ID. The information card is just to get you to the polling station, so you should have one of: passport, driving licence, employee or student card with a photograph. If you don’t have any of those, a Credit Union or bank book with your address on it will do. A Public Services card is also OK. Don’t be offended if you are asked for ID, as a percentage of people must be asked.”

After you get the ballot paper, make sure the ballot has been stamped or punched, and go to the nearest booth, where there will be pencils to mark the ballot. In the privacy of the booth you can make your choices.”

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There are 13 candidates on the Tipperary ballot paper. You should start by writing ‘1’ in the box to the right of your preferred candidate. You can then write ‘2’ in the box of your second choice, ‘3’ for your third choice etc.

You don’t need to go all the way down to 13, and most people don’t, because they don’t want to give any preference to their least favourite candidate. This year, a huge number of people won’t be giving any preference to any of the three parties that wrecked our country. So just start at 1 and keep going through the numbers until you find the first of the candidates you just do not want to see elected, and then stop.”

Don’t write anything else on the ballot paper, because doing that will spoil your ballot and it won’t be counted.”

If you do make a mistake, and many people do, bring the folded ballot paper back to the table and ask for a new one. When you get the new one, return to the booth and try again.”

When you’re finished, fold the ballot paper and bring it back to the ballot box which is in front or beside the polling table. Do a quick check again to be sure the ballot has been stamped or punched. Put the paper in the ballot box. That’s it, now you’re a citizen!”

Obviously, I’d like you to give me your number 1 preference. I want to help build a New Republic, where housing and water are rights, and emigration isn’t the main means of keeping unemployment numbers low. But the real voice for change is You.”

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McGrath calls on political parties to form grand coalition

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“The time has come to consider forming a National Government,” Mattie McGrath

Independent TD Mattie McGrath has said that strong consideration must be given to the idea of forming a National Government in order to avoid destabilising level of political impasse. Deputy McGrath went on to say that such arrangement could utilise the d’Hondt method as a fair means of allocating positions and seats within such a government :

“Given that we are in such unchartered territory and given the absolute necessity of ensuring we have some kind of political stability for our people, then I believe all options should be considered with respect to government formation.

The single most important objective here is that we create conditions where the needs of the people can be met.

It is time to set aside narrow political interests and to put the needs of the people first.

If that involves all parties and groupings in the Dáil compromising in order to agree a common government platform, the maybe that is something we ought to consider.

This election has sent the political class a clear message from the people; they want delivery, they want results.

We all should be courageous and imaginative enough to consider any option which will bring that about including that of a National Government,” concluded Deputy McGrath.

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Lowry Welcomes Funding for Tipperary Animal Welfare Organisations

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I welcome the announcement from the Department of Agriculture today that six Tipperary Animal Welfare Organisations will benefit from €86,000 between them.

Applications for 2020 funding will be open soon. All applicants must be registered with the Charities Regulator.

Cappanagarrane Horse Rescue, Mullinahone – €6,000

Great Hounds in Needs, 7 Cois Coille, Kilcash, Clonmel – €2,000

Mo Chara Animal Rescue, Ballygemmane, Thurles – €14,000

PAWS Animal Rescue, Mullinahone – €45,000

Roscrea SPCA, Roscrea – €18,000

The Haven Rescue, Tipperary, C/o 26 The Haven, Roscrea – €1,000

Funding for Animal Welfare Organisations is vital for them to continue to carry out their work.

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The people will no longer tolerate political excuses for lack of delivery – Mattie McGrath

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Independent TD Mattie McGrath has warmly thanked the people of Tipperary for renewing their confidence and trust in him after he was re-elected following Saturday’s General Election. Deputy McGrath, who received 13, 064 votes in the 2016 General Election increased his vote this time around to 15, 127. Speaking after his re-election he went on to say that the outcome of the national vote was a clear and unequivocal rejection by the public of the arrogance and unwillingness of the Fine Gael and Fianna Fail to effectively respond to the core issues affecting the majority of ordinary people’s lives:

“At the outset I want to salute and warmly thank the great people of Tipperary for renewing their trust in me.

I am truly humbled by their confidence and will do everything in my power to honour the mandate they have given me by representing their interests in Dáil Eireann.

I also want to thank the amazing work of my entire campaign staff; my Campaign Manager and daughter, Triona O’Flynn, my wife Margaret and all my family and friends who have sustained me and supported me and without whom I simply could not do what I do.

They have worked tirelessly, night and day, to canvas the enormous geographical area of Tipperary and to meet the people on my behalf when I could not be there personally.

As we go forward from here, I think it is absolutely clear that politics in Ireland simply has to change.

It must re-engage with the day to day priorities of people’s lives especially around health and housing.

The government, whoever it will be, must listen and act in the people’s interest. It cannot be politics as usual once they have their feet under the Ministerial tables.

We must rid our politics of the kind of elite detachment that came to characterise the outgoing government.

We must escalate change and bring about genuine improvements in the quality of life of our people. The people are sovereign. The last government ignored that basic political reality by pushing ahead with failed policies, massive over-spends and a culture where accountability was almost completely absent.

The people have now enforced accountability upon them in the most democratic way possible.

I look forward to playing an active part in the talks that lie ahead and to advancing the interests of the people of Tipperary,” concluded Deputy McGrath.

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