James MacCarthy-Morrogh: Day of local politics is over -- we want national reform
THERE is much talk of political reform in the air. The electoral system, the Oireachtas, what we expect from our TDs -- and it seems this is not just opportunism on behalf of parties looking to "blame the system" for our current woes.
A major shift has occurred in why people vote compared to the last general election.
Now, 50pc of people are going to vote based on a party's policies. In 2007 (according to our exit poll for RTE) only half that number cast their vote based on policies.