Monday 5 December 2016

Joan urges young voters to make voices heard - but be careful with the selfies

Published 22/05/2015 | 02:30

Taoiseach Enda Kenny, Tánaiste Joan Burton and Jobs Minister Richard Bruton sharing a joke yesterday. Photo: Frank McGrath
Taoiseach Enda Kenny, Tánaiste Joan Burton and Jobs Minister Richard Bruton sharing a joke yesterday. Photo: Frank McGrath

Joan Burton bounced over to the group of young Labour party members posing with Yes placards for the photographer on Merrion Street. "You've been brilliant, you need just one more 24 hours of energy," she encouraged them. "You've done everyone proud, whatever happens tomorrow".

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She and a badge-festooned Aodhan O Riordain (the Pingate Minister goes nowhere these days without a pocket full of Yes to Equality badges) posed with the half-dozen or so campaigners, holding aloft a poster with a checklist for first-time voters, such as know the location of their polling-station and bring along photo ID.

And the Tánaiste was also eager to stress that her advice from the previous day to first-timers to "take a selfie" after they cast their ballot, applied to outside the polling-stations only. For anyone attempting that stunt inside a polling-booth could swiftly find that democracy isn't actually free when they get slapped with a large fine, or worse.

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