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Are you registered to vote in the upcoming by-election?

Thursday, 7th March, 2013 9:46am

Are you registered to vote in the upcoming by-election?

Daithí, Ann Byrne, Tomás , Sineád and Senator Thomas Byrne at the launch of the Fianne Fail by-election poster campaign.

The Meath East by-election will be held on Wednesday, 27th March, and tomorrow (Friday, 8th March) is the deadline to be eligible for the supplemental register.

You can check the electoral register here to ensure you will have a vote. If you are resident in Meath East, but not registered in the constituency, you can apply for the register here.

Polling will take place between 8am and 9pm as opposed to the usual poll station opening hours of 7am to 10pm.

Nominations to stand in the by-election must be received by midday next Wednesday, 13 March, with candidates able to withdraw their nominations up until noon the following day.

Senator Thomas Byrne is standing for Fianna Fáil with Sinn Féin nominating Darren O’Rourke who works for the party’s health spokesman, Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin, in Leinster House.

Fine Gael is “virtually certain” to nominate the daughter of Shane McEntee when it holds its nominating convention tonight (Thursday) in Kells.

Labour is yet to nominate its candidate, but speculation has centred on Slane area Cllr Eoin Holmes. Ashbourne Labour Cllr Niamh McGowan has ruled herself out of the contest.

Seamus McDonagh will run for the Workers’ Party while the Green Party will select Seán Ó Buachalla.

The newly-formed political party, Direct Democray Ireland, has selected one of its founders and Navan resident Ben Gilroy to run in the constituency.

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