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Sunday 18 February 2018

Lenihan by-election date set

Fionnan Sheahan

THE by-election to replace the late Brian Lenihan will be held on the same day as the presidential election.

The decision means polling day will now feature four votes: the presidential election, the by-election and two referendums.

The referendums will be on cutting judges' pay and providing Oireachtas committees with more powers.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny yesterday confirmed the Government will hold the Dublin West by-election on October 27 to fill the vacancy caused by the death of the former Finance Minister.

Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin said last week he would move the writ for the by-election in the coming weeks.

Mr Martin's move would mean the coalition either having to accept the by-election or embarrassingly reject it.

The constituency is already occupied by an all-star line-up of political heavyweights: Fine Gael minister Leo Varadkar, Labour Party minister Joan Burton and Socialist Party leader Joe Higgins.

Irish Independent

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