Monday 26 September 2016

Young candidates in live INM debate

Published 23/02/2016 | 02:30

Some of the youngest faces in the General Election race put forward their views on everything from the housing crisis to lone parents as part of an Independent.ie live stream
Some of the youngest faces in the General Election race put forward their views on everything from the housing crisis to lone parents as part of an Independent.ie live stream

Some of the youngest faces in the General Election race put forward their views on everything from the housing crisis to lone parents as part of an Independent.ie live stream.

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The debate on youth issues with four candidates under 30 was part of the 'Count Us In' campaign, and was moderated by INM political correspondent Niall O'Connor.

Senator Kathryn Reilly of Sinn Féin, Cllr Noel Rock of Fine Gael, Cllr Patrick McKee of Renua and Cllr Jennifer Cuffe of Fianna Fáil took part.

'I could've lost an eye,' says man hit by election poster

A man narrowly avoided serious injury after the corner of an election poster hit him just inches from his eye.

Michael T O'Maille (58) was walking past the entrance to Newcastle cemetery, Co Dublin, on Sunday night when a Joanna Tuffy election poster broke away from a street light.

The plastic board "flew through the air" and hit him on the forehead.

He needed medical attention and a tetanus injection yesterday.

If he had been looking in a different direction, he could have "lost an eye", Mr O'Maille said.

"The wind was blowing strongly. Thankfully, I had my head down.

"If I had been walking with my head up, my eye would have been taken out."

Ms Tuffy declined to comment on the matter when contacted by the Irish Independent last night but a Labour spokesperson said they would discuss the matter if contacted by Mr O'Maille.

Creighton believes that voters want the Coalition out

Lucinda Creighton has said that the public do not want the Coalition returned to power. And the Renua leader does not believe this election will be an indecisive one.

"I think this is going to be a phenomenally decisive election. One thing the people seem to be very decisive about is that they don't want this Government returned," she said.

While she admitted that the most likely next government would be a Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil coalition, she pitched her own party as fulfilling a watchdog role.

"We are looking to see how we can play our part in not just a stable government, but an ambitious government and a government with a big vision for the country," she said.

The Renua leader also warned of a "crony bonanza", saying Ireland needed "a watchdog that will not allow the cronies of Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael carve up state board appointments".

She was launching Renua's watchdog pitch in the Royal Irish Academy.

Irish Independent

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