It's not just the West that's awake and angry - rural Ireland is ready to rumble in an election showdown
Published 31/10/2015 | 02:30
Ireland is justifiably proud of its large swathes of lush, verdant grassland. And right now, in the rising wind of a General Election, the longer bits of that grass are all a-rustle.
For while much attention has been focused on the new political parties, pacts and alliances which are proliferating on the lawn of Leinster House, rural Ireland is quietly gearing up for battle. And it's not just the West that's awake, but the other points of the country's compass too.
All over the land, groups are mobilising politically to protest against policies or to highlight areas of grievance. The issues may be disparate (the closure of post offices, the roll-out of wind farms, rural crime) but a common theme runs strongly throughout them all - that the political classes are not paying heed to the concerns of rural Ireland.