Local referendum to decide is it “Swinford” or “Swinsford”
The biggest issue to haunt our local town for the past 100 years is about to come to a head: is the town called “Swinford” or “Swinsford.” The town council have finally decided to put it to the people of the town in a local referendum on Friday 1st of May.
Many local people are perplexed by the situation. One business man, who is on the “Swinsford” side of the argument, was quoted as saying that “I have owned a shop in the town for over 40 years and at least 60% of my customers call the town “Swinsford” and I think the town council are taking the easy way out by asking the people to vote on the issue, they should just change the name without putting it to the people.”
A local councillor, who wishes to stay anonymous due to the sensitivity of the issue, told Swinford.ie that “the council are inundated with complaints from locals about people calling their town “Swinsford” when it has always been called “Swinford” which is well documented on Swinford.ie”
It is a well-known fact that extreme tension exists between both sides of the argument and a series of debates will take place in various pubs in the lead up to the vote on Friday 1st of May. Recent polls, by the Western People, have found that the “Swinford” vote is on 35% with the “Swinsford” vote slightly behind at 33% while 32% of voters remain undecided.
Due to the close nature of the vote and the high number of people undecided, Midwest Radio will also host a live debate on the issue on the 28th of April. They have asked each political party to provide a spokesperson for the debate and so far 3 parties have agreed: Fine Gael, Fine Fail and Sinn Fein, Renua Ireland declined due to a lack of spokes people! “Swinford” or “Swinsford” it is time for you to decide!
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