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The Counties of Laois and Offaly are part of the Ireland North West constituency if the UK takes part in the EP elections. They are part of the Ireland South constituency if the UK does not. That means voters in those counties will have a different slate of candidates to vote for depending on whether the UK takes part. It also means a different set of candidates will be canvassing, organising and postering in those counties depending on whether the UK takes part. This is not something that can be decided one way or the other on May 22nd. It has to be decided on April 12th. so candidates know where they are standing, where to canvass, and voters know what choices they have. Anything less than certainty from April 12th. invalidates the EP elections. Will someone please tell the UK government their decision on whether or not to take part in EP elections doesn't just have implications for the UK. Strangely enough, being part of the EU has implications and responsibilities outside of the Westminster bubble. It's not all about the UK, you know...

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