We’re being encouraged to use our vote this Friday.


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We will be asked to vote on three things; whether we want to change Ireland’s divorce laws, who we want to represent us in our city and county councils and who we want to represent us in the European Parliament.

Over the last few days iRadio has spoken to the candidates who are battling it out in the Midlands-North-West constituency. It’s a vast constituency, covering Kildare, Louth, Meath, Westmeath, Longford, Cavan, Monaghan, Donegal, Sligo, Leitrim, Roscommon, Galway and Mayo.

Seventeen candidates are vying for four seats and they have all told iRadio’s Meet Your MEP Candidate series why they feel it is so important for people to use their vote.

Part one features Cyril Brennan (Solidarity/People Before Profit), Matt Carthy (Sinn Féin), Peter Casey (Independent), Luke Ming Flanagan (Independent) and Fidelma Healy Eames (Independent).

In part two we hear from Patrick Greene (Direct Democracy Ireland), Dominic Hannigan (Labour), Dilip Mahapatra (Independent), Mairead McGuinness (Fine Gael), Saoirse McHugh (Green Party) and James/Jim Miller (Independent).

And in the third and final part, we chat to Diarmaid Mulcahy (Independent), Olive O’Connor (Independent), Michael O’Dowd (Renua Ireland), Anne Rabbitte (Fianna Fáil), Brendan Smith (Fianna Fáil) and Maria Walsh (Fine Gael).