Intense speculation on social media tonight indicates that the by-election in Wexford caused by the departure of Mick Wallace to Europe in the May election will be held on Friday, November 29th, and WexfordToday.com has learned that a number of candidates have stepped up their campaigns around the county.
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said that following “discussion with party leaders it was agreed that we would hold the by elections by the end of November… So our intention is the last Friday in November. I think it’s the 29th so that means moving the writ not next week but the week after.”
He was responding to Labour TD Jan O’Sullivan, who asked for “some certainty” for the candidates who had been chosen to run.
Wexford constituency appears to have plenty of interest in the by-election with Cllr Malcolm Byrne (Fianna Fáil), Verona Murphy (Fine Gael) and Mayor of Wexford, Cllr George Lawlor (Labour) as the front runners.
Today it was announced that Karen Dubsky will represent the Green Party, Cllr Jim Codd (Aontú) has announced his intention to put his name in the hat, there is speculation that Cllr John O’Rourke is interested in putting his name forward, and Mick Wallace has indicated that he will have a representative in the field, as yet unconfirmed, but could it be Pat Kent?. We have heard nothing from Sinn Féin so far, and it is likely that some more candidates will emerge in the coming weeks.
All candidates are invited to keep us up to date with their plans and campaigns here on WexfordToday.com as we plan to give fair and comprehensive coverage to the by-election.