Friday 2 December 2016

Pro-life supporters must consider voting for their local Renua candidate

Published 08/01/2016 | 02:30

Party leader Lucinda Creighton pictured at the launch of the Renua manifesto at Smock Alley Theatre in Dublin earlier this week. Photo: Frank McGrath.
Party leader Lucinda Creighton pictured at the launch of the Renua manifesto at Smock Alley Theatre in Dublin earlier this week. Photo: Frank McGrath.

The coming election is extremely challenging for those voters who hold positions that are not in step with the views of 'Official Ireland' on issues like abortion, marriage and the family, education, the place of religion in society and so on.

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The big majority of voters in this country, like in every democratic country, vote mainly on the basis of the economy. Only a minority will vote on the basis of social issues. Some of this minority will be attracted to a party because it is 'liberal' on social issues and others to a party that is 'conservative' on those same issues.

It's probably not too far off the mark to say that roughly 5pc of the Irish electorate vote on the basis of whether a party is 'liberal' on social issues and about the same percentage vote on the basis that a party is 'conservative' on these issues.

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