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This is not a protest vote, Enda, it's a call for real political reform

Published 26/05/2014 | 02:30

Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD at the count centre for the local and European elections in the TF Royal Hotel, Castlebar. Co Mayo. Photo: Keith Heneghan
Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD at the count centre for the local and European elections in the TF Royal Hotel, Castlebar. Co Mayo. Photo: Keith Heneghan

THIS is no protest vote. To describe the election results in such terms, or to call them a howl of frustration or anger – both adjectives used by Enda Kenny – is a fundamental misinterpretation.

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It is the cry of a people who feel cheated. A people who expected reform, but all they were served up was taxes. New taxes, punishing taxes, green, white and orange taxes – because the Cabinet drapes itself in the flag as it imposes them.

Taxed to the hilt, we are told to toughen up, because another new tax in the shape of the water charge is sweeping in. No end in sight, then. The great squeeze continues.

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