Co Tipp expected to go to the polls this Saturday

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Electoral staff in Tipperary have been told to resume preparations for the county’s General Election vote to be held on Saturday.

The exact date for voting in Co Tipperary had been thrown into doubt following the death of independent candidate Marese Skehan on Monday.

Earlier today, some local candidates began seeking legal advice on the matter, while pressure was also being applied by others for a decision to be made – and made quickly.

It has now emerged that the Returning Officer for Co Tipperary has been given unofficial notification to tell staff to prepare for a vote on Saturday.

It is now for Minister Eoghan Murphy to officially confirm what the outcome of the debacle is. He is understood to be waiting for the office of the Attorney General to conclude its investigation into the constitutional issues the situation has given rise to.

The matter has also been raised in the High Court on behalf of TD Mattie McGrath with the intention of ensuring the vote goes ahead in Co Tipperary on Saturday.

As no official announcement of Saturday’s vote has yet been made, it is due to be dealt with further at the High Court tomorrow, unless a resolution is confirmed in the meantime.