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# Local elections 2014

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Voices
Opinion: The rise of the independents... what does it mean for policy-making?
The number of floating voters has increased amid weakening attachment to political parties – could the affect coherent decision-making in the Dáil?
# LE14
Sinn Féin set to be biggest party on Dublin City Council
The party will go from five seats to being the largest party on the capital’s local authority.
# vote early vote often
The 11 emotions you go through when casting your vote
From annoyance to confusion to smugness, and back again.
Voices
Larry Donnelly: Do political candidates really enjoy canvassing? I’ll never fully believe that
Recent canvassing has reminded me of my own first foray as a political candidate: I was 22 years old, nomination papers in hand, knees knocking together.
# Elections 2014
What's going on in Elections 2014? We're here to help
All the information you need in one handy widget. You’re welcome.
# Art Attack
7 surprisingly creative acts of election poster vandalism
These folks take the well-worn “fake moustache” idea and throw it out the window.
# football mad
The Tánaiste showed off his soccer skills with Brian Kerr today
A pair of head-the-balls. Literally.
Voices
Noel Rock: I'm taking €0 expenses – here's why
Unvouched expenses would not be tolerated in the any other business, and taxpayers shouldn’t have to tolerate it either.
# man of the house
Been patronised on the doorstep? You're not alone
“Is your mammy or daddy home?”
# blank canvas
These Galway housemates have a brilliant way of dealing with pesky canvassers
You gotta do what you gotta do.
# Not in the Running
Fianna Fáil: Mary Hanafin is NOT running in the local elections
The party refuted media reports this morning.
# An Underdog Story
Meet the most adorable election candidate in Dublin
Probably the fluffiest candidate, too.
# poster wars
Someone's had a little fun with a Luke 'Ming' Flanagan poster in Roscommon
Somewhere in Ballaghaderreen, someone is probably feeling very pleased with themselves right now.
# hey good lookin'
There's a blog celebrating Ireland's ridiest election candidates
Hot politicians in YOUR area want to chat with you. Really, they do. They’re up for election.
# local lurker
Spoof local election poster is equal parts creepy and wonderful
A local election, for local people.
# Let's Dance
Cork TD Jonathan O'Brien got down with his bad self for charity last night
Dance like nobody’s watching, Deputy.
# Feckless
A candidate from the 'Don't Give A Feck' Party is running in the Meath East local elections
What started as a joke for Dave Keaveney of Duleek, Co Meath, turned into a very real campaign.
# not kidding
Ex-firefighter running in locals wants whistleblower legislation for all public sector workers
John Kidd said he’ll be sticking up for middle income workers if he’s elected.
# Back in Blue
'I underestimated Enda Kenny' - FG candidate who said Taoiseach spoke "twaddle"
Maurice Dockrell says that the Taoiseach has a “huge depth of character”.
# Election 2014
"The best of luck to him" - former Hayes campaigner to run for Fianna Fáil
Emmett Hegarty put 30 hours a week into Brian Hayes’ 2011 campaign. Now he will seek election to South Dublin County Council for Fianna Fáil.
# Election 2014
Fianna Fáil candidate withdraws from election after Micheal Martin's assistant is added to ticket
Padraic Vallely said that the decision came down to “politics” and that he was “gutted”.
# Girl Power
Less than a quarter of candidates running in the local elections are women
From the candidacy selections so far, Fianna Fáil is the worst when it comes to having women stand for office in the local elections this year.
# Ready To Rumble
Clondalkin councillors say it would be 'fantastic' if Kenny Egan runs in the local elections
The Olympic silver medallist is considering running as a Fine Gael candidate after he was approached by Minister Frances Fitzgerald.
# Local elections 2014
Ex-Fianna Fáil TD gets Sinn Féin local election nomination
Having been critical of the party in the past, Chris Andrews will be seeking votes for Sinn Féin in May.
# Local elections 2014
Meet the Congolese native who is running for Sinn Féin in next year's election
Edmond Lukusa will represent the party in the Mulhuddart ward in Blanchardstown.
# Green Day
Dan Boyle: Performance of Phil Hogan could help Green Party's return
The former Green Party chairman says the current environment minister is “as good an anti-Green as we could get”.