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LIVE: Some of youngest candidates in #ge16 debate the issues important to you and them 22.02.16

There will be a live debate hosted here on today from 4pm featuring some the youngest candidates from some of the major political parties.

Councillor Jennifer Cuffe from Fianna Fail, Senator Kathryn Reilly from Sinn Fein, Councillor Noel Rock from Fine Gael and Councillor Patrick McKee from Renua Ireland have agreed to take part in the 'Count Us In' Youth Debate today.

The debate is moderated by Irish Independent Political Correspondent Niall O' Connor and questions submitted via social media are being managed by Social Media Editor Clare Cullen.

The debate is part of the 'Count Us In' campaign which aims to encourage 18-24 year olds to be politically vocal and active ahead of the General Election on February 26th, and aims to give the youngest candidates a voice.

Requirements are that the candidates in the debate must be under thirty years of age.

Due to studio restrictions, the debate will be limited to four candidates and each party represented has agreed to put forward a candidate that meets the criteria.

Count Us In are encouraging interaction online and anybody who wishes to submit a question to the candidates may do so by tweeting with the hashtag #CountUsIn.


More on the Campaign:


Count Us In has been taking video submissions from young people discussing an issue that matters to them.

See some of the submissions so far:

Submissions page

Submit your own video


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Want to have your say on the issues that affect you?Upload your #CountUsIn video here:

Posted by Count Us In on Tuesday, 9 February 2016