General Election

  •  There are fifteen candidates declared for the 4 seater constuency of Mayo for the General Election on February 8th.

     They are: 

    FG:  Michael Ring, Michelle Mulherin and Alan Dillon

    FF:  Dara Calleary and Lisa Chambers

    SF:  Rose Conway Walsh 

    Green:  Saoirse McHugh

    Solidarity/ PBP:  Joe Daly

    Lab:  Kamal Uddin

    Aontu: Paul Lawless

    Irish Freedom Party: Daithi O'Fallamhain

    Ind: Gerry Loftus

    Ind: Sean Forkin

    Ind: Stephen Manning

    Ind: Grainne de Barra



  • In Galway East, all three seats have been filled, with Independent Sean Canney , Ciaran Cannon of FG and Fianna Fail's Anne Rabbitte all being returned to Dail Eireann.

    In Galway West, it could be another long day, as no candidate has yet been elected in the 5-seater.

    Counting in Salthill resumes at 9.30 this morning, with Sinn Fein's Mairead Farrell likely to be the first elected.

    And in Sligo / Leitrim, just one of the four seats has been filled, with Sinn Fein's Martin Kenny topping the poll.

  • We could find out later when the country will go to the polls for a general election.

    The Taoiseach and the Fianna Fail leader are meeting today to discuss when it could take place.

    Leo Varadkar wants it to be fixed for May, but Micheal Martin is pushing for a date in April.

    Mayo Fianna Fail TD Lisa Chambers says the party really want an Easter election.

  • Visually impaired voters can avail of an audio guide which details the list of the fifteen Mayo candidates running in the General election.

    The service is provided on the website and lists out the candidates in the order they appear on the ballot.

    The audio file also advises visually impaired people about how they can vote in the election independently in the polling stations.

    The Mayo County Registrar's Office set up the page which also has a list of the candidates and a link to check the registrar of voters.

  • Counting of votes is now underway across the region and across the country.

    It will be an interesting count, following the exit poll last night which shows a three-way tie between the main parties.

    The Ipsos MRBI poll for RTÉ, TG4 and the Irish Times shows the most fractured political landscape in recent memory.

    The exit poll of more than 5,000 people shows Fine Gael, Sinn Féin and Fianna Fáil all on 22 per cent support.

    The RTÉ/Irish Time survey has the Greens on 7.9, Labour on 4.6, the Social Democrats on 3.4, Solidarity People Before Profit on 2.8 and Independents and others with 14.5 per cent of the vote.

    In Mayo, 15 candidates are seeking the 4 Dail seats  -boxes are now being opened at the TF Royal Theatre in Castlebar, where Teresa O'Malley and her team of analysts are bringing us tally results as they're available.

    Also over the course of today, tonight and into tomorrow, we will bring you all the latest from the count centres in Roscommon-Galway, Galway East, Galway West and Sligo Leitrim.


    Counting will resume in Roscommon-Galway at midday today - after a power-cut forced last night's process to be abandoned.

     Independent TDs Michael Fitzmaurice and Denis Naughten were elected on the first and fifth counts respectively.

     But just before 2am, the count was adjourned after an electricity outage affected the centre in Roscommon Town.

     Sinn Fein's Claire Kerrane is likely to take the final seat when counting resumes this afternoon.

  • 3 TDs have been elected in Galway West on the 8th count.

    Eamon O'Cuiv of Fianna Fail took the first seat with 11,910 votes.

    Independent Noel Grealish was elected on 10,393 votes and the third seat went to Mairead Farrell of Sinn Fein on 10,340.

    Surplus votes now being distributed and the 9th count is due shortly from Salthill.


  • Saturday 8th February has been confirmed as the date for the general election.

    As anticipated, Taoiseach Leo Varadker named the date at this morning's Cabinet meeting but has taken many by surprise with the selection of a Saturday for polling day.

    The Taoiseach will visit Áras an Uachtaráin this afternoon to ask President Michael D. Higgins to dissolve the 32nd Dáil and to summon the new Dáil on 20th February.

    Mayo-based Minister Michael Ring believes a Saturday poll will provide a greater opportunity for students and people working away from home during the week to cast their votes.


  • Health and housing remain the most important issues for voters, according to the latest Irish Times / Ipsos MRBI opinion poll.

    The poll was taken between Thursday and Saturday of last week among 1200 people across the country.

    The results confirm the dominant issues of the campaign as health and housing, with 42% of respondents saying health should be the priority for the incoming Taoiseach, and 34% nominating housing.

    ON a regional basis, 47% of those polled in Connacht-Ulster say health should be the number one priority for the next Government.

    Urban voters and younger voters are more concerned with housing, while rural voters and older people give health a higher priority.

    The economy, climate change and Brexit barely registered - with 12% saying the economy should be the priority issue, 6% said climate change and 3% said Brexit.

    The margin of error in his poll is estimated at 2.8%.

  • Former FG Junior Minister John Perry is to run as an Independent candidate in the Sligo / Leitrim constituency in the next general election, after failing to be nominated by Fine Gael.

    The Ballymote man has served as a councillor, TD and Junior Minister.

    Last week, Fine Gael added newly-elected Sligo County Councillor Thomas Walsh to the party ticket in the Sligo / Leitrim, North Roscommon, South Donegal constituency, to run alongside Senator Frank Feighan.

    Councillor Walsh was a former parliamentary assistant to John Perry.

    Mr Perry has now confirmed his intention to run as an independent candidate.



  • On Midwest Radio, today marks the start of two  weeks of live election debates on our extended lunchtime news.

    From today until the end of next week, we will have a  number of election candidates live in studio each afternoon between 1.15 and 2pm to discuss the issues of importance in their constituencies.

    We will focus on the 4-seater Mayo constituency, as well as the neighbouring constituencies of Roscommon-Galway, Galway East, Galway West and Sligo-Leitrim.

    On our first live debate this lunchtime, our News Editor Teresa O'Malley will interview five of the 15 candidates seeking election in Mayo - Minister Michael Ring,  FF TD Dara Calleary, Green Party candidate Saoirse McHugh, Kamul Uddin of Labour, and Daithí O'Follamhain of the Irish Freedom Party.

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  • Coming up Midwest Radio's lunchtime election debate today, we return to the Galway West constituency, and will hear from three more candidates seeking Dail seats in the 5-seater Galway West.

    Minister Séan Kyne of Fine Gael, Independent Councillor Mike Cubbard, and Aontú candidate Cormac Ó'Corcoráin will be joining our News Editor Teresa O'Malley in studio to debate some of the issues in this constituency.

    Listeners can email their questions in advance to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and the debate will be broadcast live between 1.15 and 2pm.


  • Mayo has elected a new Sinn Fein TD as well as two Fine Gael TDs and one Fianna Fail.

    Shortly after 2am this morning, the seventh and final count was announced in Castlebar with all four seats filled.

    Fine Gael's Michael Ring and Sinn Fein's Rose Conway Walsh were elected in the first count early on yesterday, having received over 14,000 votes each.

    Fianna Fail's Director of elections Dara Callery was eventually deemed elected on the seventh count.

    The Green Party's Saoirse McHugh was eliminated on 6,036, and after that Fine Gael's Michelle Mulherin was eliminated on 7,427 votes.

    This gave way for Fine Gael's Alan Dillon and Fianna Fail's Lisa Chamber's to battle it out, with former Mayo footballer Alan Dillon coming out on top with 10,977 votes.

  • The Minister for Finance has effectively ruled out a general election this year.

    Paschal Donohue says he is already working on Budget 2020 for October and is confident it will pass.

    He was speaking at the Fine Gael National Conference in Wexford, where 1-thousand party members have gathered for the two day event, ending with a televised address by the Taoiseach tonight.

    Minister Donohue is confident he will get the Budget through by the end of the year.

  • Nominations close today for general election candidates who wish to get their name on the ballot paper for the February 8th election.

    To date, Midwest News is aware of 11 candidates contesting the 4-seater Mayo constituency, but that could increase today.

    For voters, the deadline for registering to vote is five o'clock this evening.

    Anyone who wants to have their say on February 8th must be on the supplementary register by close of business.

    Thousands of people who turned 18 since last May's local and European elections are being encouraged to check the register.

    Those not already eligible to vote can download a form, get it signed and witnessed at a Garda station and bring it to their local council office by 5pm this evening.


  • We're into the second last day of canvassing in the general election, with candidates and parties making their final pitches to voters.

    It's the last full day before the broadcast moratorium takes effect tomorrow.

    The party leaders are continuing to press the flesh across the country - FG leader Leo Varadker is in Carlow, where his party is fighting to keep two seats in Carlow/Kilkenny,  Micheál Martin is campaigning in Cork as he tries to shore up Fianna Fáil's support in Munster, and Mary Lou McDonald will continue to push Sinn Fein's message after a bruising two days for her party.

    None of the main party leaders have visited the Mayo constituency as part of this election campaign.

    With the finish line in sight, candidates across the country are trying to secure those last few number 1 votes that could make all the difference.


  • In the Roscommon-Galway constituency, Councillor Orla Leyden has been added to the Fianna Fail ticket, to run alongside Deputy Eugene Murphy.

    Daughter of Senator and former TD Terry Leyden, Orla was elected to Roscommon County Council in 2004, and was re-elected in four consecutive local elections.

    Councillor Leyden says it's an honour to contest the forthcoming general election for the Fianna Fail party, and wants the opportunity to effect greater change for people and families, and to make things happen for towns, villages and rural areas on a national level.

    She has also committed to running a poster-free election campaign in the interest of the environment.


  • As the general election campaign continues, pension age has become a controversial topic.

    Fine Gael is proposing the increase the age for a state pension to 67 next year, and 68 by 2028.

    People Before Profit's election candidate in Mayo Joe Daly has described the move as "disgraceful",and he's calling to have the pension age restored to 65.

    At present, people forced to retire at 65 can claim Jobseekers Allowance for a year before qualifying for the State pension, but Joe Daly believes the pension should be restored to 65 and increased.....

  • As the general election campaign heats up, another Independent candidate has thrown his hat in the ring in the Sligo-Leitrim constituency.

    Sean Wynne from Drumshanbo, Co Leitrim , unsuccessfully contested the local elections in Leitrim last year.

    Mr Wynne - a teacher and Deputy Principal - is involved in a number of rural and community development organisations, and says he's well-placed to understand the needs of rural Ireland.


  • SIPTU - the country's largest trade union - is leading a campaign to pressurise politicians to stop the State pension rising to 67 next year.

    The State pension was raised from 65 to 66 in 2014, and is set to increase to 67 from the start of next year, and to 68 in 2028 - creating further financial difficulties for retirees until their pension payments kick in.

    SIPTU is now calling on politicians to nail their colours to the mast, and commit to reversing the plan to increase the State pension to 67.

    Pat Flannery, SIPTU's Mayo  District Council Co-Ordinator, says the pension age has become a red-hot issue in this general election campaign