Monday 23 January 2017

Elections used to prop up politicians' profiles

Published 13/07/2011 | 05:00

While agreeing with me that elected officials should see out their full term, Aidan O'Sullivan (Letters, Irish Independent, July 12) fails to list reasons why MEPs may not be able to continue their duties. I can think of three: ill-health, maternity and death.

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Candidates using elections to prop-up their public profile ahead of what they see as better positions in the future is wrong. If Alan Kelly and Joe Higgins had plans to run in the 2011 General Election, then contesting European elections in 2009 was dishonest and insulting to those who voted for them.

I would also dispute Mr O'Sullivan's claim that substitutes' names are displayed in the polling booth, as I have yet to see this information properly advertised.

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