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Health Minister Leo Varadkar to vote for independent Averil Power in Seanad elections

Kevin Doyle, Group Political Editor

Published 22/03/2016 | 15:52

Averil Power with Leo Varadkar
Averil Power with Leo Varadkar

Health Minister Leo Varadkar is to vote for independent Averil Power in the Seanad elections.

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In an unusual move the Fine Gael TD has urged other Trinity College graduates to do the same.

As a member of the Oireachtas and a former Trinity student Mr Varadkar has two votes in the elections and announced today that he will be giving one to Ms Power.

Having quit Fianna Fáil in the wake of the marriage referendum she contested the General Election in Dublin Bay North and narrowly missed out on a Dáil seat in the so-called ‘group of death’.

Thanks to Minister Leo Varadkar for recording this 30 second video message in support of my #TCDSeanad campaign

Posted by Averil Power on Tuesday, 22 March 2016

Speaking at Trinity, Mr Varadkar said: “I have known her since college, where she was an excellent president of the Students Union. I really respected her leadership in the marriage equality campaign.

“She has also been a constructive and effective member of the Seanad and I hope she is re-elected.”

Ms Power’s campaign is also backed by a range of other high profile figures including businesswoman Norah Casey, author John Banville, CEO of Headstrong Dr. Tony Bates, mental health advocates Conor Cusack and Niall Breslin, former head of the INTO John Carr and the Chairperson of Marriage Equality Gráinne Healy.

Polling in the Trinity College election for the Seanad started today and closes on April 26.

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