Pre-election debate

All candidates in the Longford Westmeath Constituency have been invited to partake in a pre-election debate at Longford Women's Link (LWL).

All candidates in the Longford Westmeath Constituency have been invited to partake in a pre-election debate at Longford Women's Link (LWL).

Hosted by the Longford Women's Manifesto Group, the debate will take place on Tuesday, February 22nd next at 11am in Ardnacassa Avenue.

As of today (Thursday, February 17) seven of the constituency's 15 candidates have confrirmed their attendance.

They were Mary O'Rourke (FF), Paul Hogan (SF), David Darcy (Ind), Donal Jackson (Ind), Peter Kelly, (FF), Mae Sexton (Lab) and Siobhan Kinahan (Green).

The 'Longford Women's Manifesto Group' represents a diverse group of Longford women who want to ensure that their voices are heard in local decision making.

The group is supported by LWL and its purpose is to establish a recognised structured process where women can have an active role in local decision making through regular meetings with their local representative.

The Manifesto Group has been in existence since 2008 and has established strong links with Longford County Council.

In addition, LWL is the Longford Convenor for the Claiming our Future movement.

Established in 2010, Claiming our Future is a progressive movement for an equal and sustainable Ireland which has attracted considerable local and national support since its inception.

The preferred values and policy choices put forward by those who attended the national Claiming Our Future meeting in October 2010 will form a central part of the debate.