Martin hits out at Govt incompetence on Directly Elected Mayors plebiscite

Published on: 27 March 2019

Fianna Fáil Leader and TD for Cork South Central Micheál Martin has described as “incompetent” the government’s preparations for plebiscites in Cork, Limerick and Waterford on directly elected mayors. 

The Cork South Central TD went further in questioning whether the plebiscites should be held in May, given the fact that there has been no information campaign to date and many people simply don’t know what they will be voting on.

Deputy Martin said, “The government’s handling of these plebiscites has been completely incompetent.  We are eight weeks away from a vote on directly elected mayors and people in Cork, Limerick and Waterford have no information as to what they’re voting on.  This is an appalling way to treat the public.

“I raised this directly with the Taoiseach in the Dáil this week, and he acknowledged my point that there is a serious information vacuum and conceded that there is an onus on government to ensure that people understand what they are being asked to vote on.  However his assertion that “eight weeks is enough time” is deeply disingenuous and typical of this government’s detached and arrogant attitude. 

“People in Cork, Limerick and Waterford have been treated shabbily.  They have been told that a plebiscite is happening but have not been given any information about the question being put to them.  It calls into question whether these plebiscites should be held in May at all.

“While I support the concept of directly elected mayors, I have deep reservations about whether the vote should proceed in eight weeks’ time”, concluded Deputy Martin.

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