Reducing hours of voting is a damage limitation move by government
Sinn Féin spokesperson on environment, community and local government, Brian Stanley TD, has branded the reduction in polling station hours for tomorrow’s Meath East by-election as: “a cynical, damage limitation move by the government”.
Raising the issue today in the Dáil during the Order of Business, Deputy Stanley said: “This government had sawed two hours off the day for voting. This means frontline staff, those on shift work and those commuting from Dublin have all been denied the right to cast their vote.
“Minister Hogan claimed that reducing the hours was in the, ‘continued interest of reducing costs.’ This simply does not make sense. Democracy comes at a cost. The saving will be minimal. More savings would be made if the government jet was grounded for a week. To deny people the right to vote will only fuel the public’s cynicism about politics.”