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They can have the vote – when they live here

Published 03/10/2013 | 05:00

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Like many people in their 20s, most of my brother's mates have emigrated. Few of them have any plans of returning soon, if ever.

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It's a perfect example of the social fracturing we have seen all over Ireland, and it's particularly notable in more rural areas where there are fewer young people to begin with.

He admits that some of his friends were angry at being forced to leave. But the smart ones have all made a better life for themselves in places like America and Australia and have no interest in the tomfoolery and tokenism that passes for politics back home.

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