Election Briefs: Green has to pull out of race
THE GREEN Party candidate who led a one-day boycott of Mass was forced to withdraw from the race because she is not an Irish citizen.
Jennifer Sleeman (81) was unveiled as the candidate in Cork South West last week.
The environmentalist said that she was somewhat relieved but feels she has let down the party.
SF gains but FG down 4pc
FINE GAEL'S popularity has dropped by 4pc as Sinn Fein are garnering support, a new survey has outlined.
The Irish Independent/ Millward Brown Lansdowne poll outlined that Fine Gael's support has slipped to 30pc in a matter of days.
Labour remains unchanged at 24pc.
Fianna Fail support remains unchanged at 16pc while independents continue to poll strongly, with 15pc.
The Green Party is still staring at oblivion, registering just 1pc.
Unions reveal voting position
TRADE unions are urging members to vote for the parties who care about the citizens and not the bond markets and big business.
ICTU president Jack O'Connor and general secretary David Begg said that the bailout package was "unmanageable".
"The deflationary effects of the measures in it are such that growth has no chance of reviving," they said.
"We must elect a government that will assert the interest of citizens when dealing with the IMF, EU and ECB."
ULA not to be on ballot paper
THE UNITED Left Alliance will not pursue attempts to have its name included on the ballot paper during the upcoming election.
The group's 19 candidates -- who include Joe Higgins MEP and Cllr Richard Boyd Barrett -- will be listed as members of their party rather than the banner of the broader alliance.
The request to have the name listed beside their names was refused as they were not a registered political party.