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Irish emigrants want right to vote

IRISH emigrants based in Australia have demanded the right to vote in future elections.

Irish In Exile, a newly-formed group representing young Irish people in Perth, has called for a change in the electoral system to allow the rapidly increasing number of Irish people living and working abroad to have a say in choosing new administrations.

Politicians unite on mental health

POLITICAL parties have put aside their differences to call for wide-ranging reform of mental heath services.

In the midst of an election campaign dominated by cheap-shots and mud slinging, there was one issue that all sides could agree on yesterday. Representatives of the main parties gathered on Dublin's O'Connell Street to sign a pledge agreeing to work together for better mental health care.

Greens turn to God for climate bill

A GREEN Party politician is calling on church leaders to issue an "ecumenical call for action" on climate change in advance of the election.

Former mayor of Kilkenny city Malcolm Noonan has written to the heads of the Irish churches to ask them to start a joint campaign pressing for strong climate legislation from the incoming government. He urged churches to compel all parties and independents to support the Climate Bill to help strengthen Ireland's reputation and highlight the fact that climate change is a social justice issue.

Teen held over 'treason' graffiti

GARDAI have arrested a teenager suspected of writing "wanted 4 treason" on Fianna Fail election posters.

The teenage boy, who is from Dublin, was arrested by gardai in Tullamore, Co Offaly, on Friday night and subsequently released into his mother's care. The message was daubed in red paint across a number of Fianna Fail posters.

Fine Gael ahead in student votes

FINE Gael will secure just over a third of the student vote, according to a new poll. The result puts the party ahead of Labour (30pc), while just one-in-10 of those polled said they would vote for Fianna Fail.

Six per cent said they would vote for Sinn Fein, with 4pc support for the Greens. A significant amount (23.7pc) of students who are intending to vote in the election are still undecided as to whom they will vote for.

Wheelchair users face access issues

AT least 34 polling stations around the country cannot be accessed by people in wheelchairs, it emerged last night.

The Irish Wheelchair Association wrote to all 23 county registrars asking for a list of those that could not be accessed by wheelchair users. It received replies from just five counties, with lists of 34 inaccessible stations.

Irish Independent