Why I will be voting 'yes' for same sex marriage
The referendum on May 22 will decide if people of the same sex should be allowed marry. We are also being asked to vote on whether or not we should reduce the age barrier for people standing for President from the current 35 years down to 21 years.
Firstly, regarding the suitability of under-35s as Presidential candidates, I can only think back to when I and my friends were in our early 20s and doing the silly, loony things that most young people do.
It's all part of growing up and we learnt by our mistakes. But we still had to learn and I certainly don't want a President who has yet to discover how to conduct him or herself with dignity at all times.
We want a President with wisdom who can be relied on to never let us down.
That's why I am a huge admirer of our current President, Michael D Higgins who, after a lifetime in politics, is an ambassador of the best kind possible.
He oozes self-confidence, speaks well, is undoubtedly cultured and because of his many attributes, inspires the confidence of others.
Just imagine if some 21-year-old film or pop star, because of their fame or ability with social media, were to be elected President.
The position of President should be a reward for a lifetime of great achievement and only open to people of maturity and integrity who have earned our admiration and respect.