Election 2016

3rd February 2016 by Maura McHugh

Today the Taoiseach Enda Kenny dissolved the Dáil and called the General Election for Friday, 26 February.

If you want to vote you will need to be included in the Register of Electors, so please check that you are registered at the correct address.

Friday, 5 February is the closing date for your Local Authority to receive an application for entry to the Supplement to the Postal or Special voters list for the general election. Tuesday, 9 February is the closing date for your Local Authority to receive an application for entry to the Supplement to the register of electors for the general election.

This is a perfect opportunity for WGI members to remind politicians seeking election about the cultural and economic contribution the arts bring to the Irish economy, and the need for it to be supported in a practical fashion.

Sheila Pratschke, chairwoman of the Arts Council, discussed this in her recent article for the Irish Examiner: “In this centenary year, let’s get behind the arts in Ireland.

The National Campaign for the Arts has a handy manifesto on its web site for those who would like specific goals to discuss with your canvassing local representatives when they land on your doorstep.

A useful strategy could be to print out a couple of copies of the manifesto and leave them in your hallway so they are nearby when you greet a petitioning candidate.

The web site Elections Ireland should have a good list of the candidates in the various constituencies, and their contact information, if you wish to contact them about your concerns in the coming weeks.

Let’s keep the arts on the political agenda during the coming conversations.

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