Tuesday 26 September 2017

Jody Corcoran: Suspicion grows two-tier nation is more by design than accident

Many people are starting to wonder if the current shift in demographics is now actually official policy, writes

Jody Corcoran

Jody Corcoran

THE recent Seanad referendum has highlighted an interesting, though little remarked upon, phenomenon which has always existed but is more pronounced since the onslaught of the economic crisis five years ago.

The result produced an urban-rural divide not unlike the traditional red and blue map of the United States after a presidential election, an outcome here which has raised several questions, not least, whether Ireland is polarised by the Great Recession.

Rural Ireland voted to abolish, that is, to sack 60 politicians and save €20m while, by and large, the geographically smaller, though more populated, Dublin and commuter belt Leinster, the south-east and urban Cork voted to save the Seanad.

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