Monday 25 September 2017

Martina Devlin: The side with the best arguments won the Seanad referendum

I’m sitting in a restaurant opposite Dublin Castle. As the results filter through from each constituency, one of our One House volunteers is reading them aloud from his iPhone. Ouch.

All of us know this referendum is going down. We realised it as we straggled in for the lunch, organised to mark the end of our grassroots campaign. The atmosphere grows progressively more downbeat.

As a small, civil society group, we became involved because we decided political change couldn’t be left to politicians. We hoped we could make a difference but it looks as if we were wrong. Dublin Central – No. Kildare South – No. Wicklow – No.

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