Saturday 24 February 2018

If at first you don't succeed... why serial candidates are good for democracy

Graham Clifford

Every few years Ireland's serial candidates do a quick stocktake of posters, election leaflets and stickers. They rifle through old material seeking what can be salvaged to use again.

With local election candidates allowed to spend a maximum of €13,000 on campaigning, the costs of running for local office can mount up.

But would those candidates who keep seeking your number one be better off taking no for an answer and avoiding probable defeat on the day of counting?

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