Longford/Westmeath By-Election – 23rd May
A Dail By-Election will take place in the constituency of Longford/Westmeath following the death of Deputy Nicky McFadden.
There are nine candidates declared following close of nominations on Saturday last, 10th May. They are as follows
Aengus O’Rourke – Fianna Fáil – Answered YES to our four questions below
Gabrielle McFadden – Fine Gael
Denis Leonard – Labour
Paul Hogan – Sinn Féin
Kevin Boxer Moran – Independent
Donal Jackson – Independent
John McNamara – Independent
James Morgan – Independent
Brian Fagan – Independent
The Pro Life Campaign is advising its supporters not to vote for candidates standing for parties that voted for abortion, unless the candidate is prepared to publicly disassociate from the stance his/her party adopted. Anything less would be worthless.
Before Election Day, make sure your family, friends and neighbours know how the main parties voted on abortion in the Dáil:
- Fine Gael, the largest party in government is responsible for the introduction of abortion in Ireland.
- The Labour Party led the push for abortion and Sinn Féin and the Socialist Party also voted for it in the Dáil.
- The Fianna Fáil leader broke his pre-election promise and voted for abortion. However, 14 of his 19 Fianna Fáil colleagues in the Dáil opposed the legislation.
We have asked candidates in the Longford/Westmeath By-Election the following four questions:
As a Member of Dail Eireann, and notwithstanding the position of your political party (if applicable) will you:
(i) vote against abortion at every opportunity.
(ii) vote against destructive embryonic stem cell research at every opportunity.
(iii) work with like-minded TDs and Senators to advance the protection of life at all stages
(iii) work towards the repeal of the abortion legislation introduced in Ireland in 2013
To date, the only candidate that has responded YES to all four questions is Aengus O’ Rourke of Fianna Fail.
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