GE16 - Constituents predict a second election in 2016

GE16 - Constituents predict a second election in 2016

“I think we’re in for more surprises as the day goes on.”

The words of Edgeworthstown man Richard Hourican, as the Leader took to the streets of Longford to talk about GE16.

With the Longford-Westmeath tally completed, it appears that outgoing TDs James Bannon, Gabrielle McFadden and Willie Penrose are in danger of losing their seats. The possibility of Longford being left without a sitting TD was one of the issues addressed by local voters.

“I’m not surprised considering what went on with some of the candidates, their carry on,” said Drumlish woman Maggie Kane. “Really, I’m not surprised.”

Patricia McKeon said that it would be a “shame” if Longford was left without a TD, while Anna Kavanagh said that it wouldn’t harm the county in any way.

“The way the Government is set up, the cabinet runs the country,” she told the Leader, “and they do not listen to local TDs and that has been my experience, that the opinion of local TDs is often at variance with the views held by the cabinet.”

One prediction made by many of those we spoke to was that we will see another General Election before the five-year term is up, with some even stating that it will take place before the end of 2016.

“We will have another General Election before the year is out,” Anna concluded. “This Government is not going to last, it will be a Government of convenience.”

For more local views on GE16 keep an eye on our live blog at and see this week’s Longford Leader.