Sunday 4 December 2016

Election may come down to turnout amongst older and working-class voters

Published 25/02/2016 | 02:30

Grey vote: Pensioners protest outside the Dáil in 2013 against Budget cuts affecting the elderly. Photo: Collins
Grey vote: Pensioners protest outside the Dáil in 2013 against Budget cuts affecting the elderly. Photo: Collins

For the first time since the 1950s, there are more pensioners in the Irish State than there are twentysomethings. The generational reversal of fortunes in recent years has been little short of breath-taking.

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Although it hasn't been discussed much during the campaign, it is likely to have an impact on tomorrow's election.

But before looking at how the old and the young are likely to vote, and how the enormous demographic changes of the past few years could affect the result, let's consider another demographic grouping: working-class men.

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