Saturday 19 August 2017

It was the son and daughter that won it, as youth revolution sweeps the day

If the newly politicised youth make their presence felt in the general election, it will have profound consequences for change, says Shane Coleman

It was the son and daughter that won it, as youth revolution sweeps the day - Thousands of people celebrate in Dublin Castle Square as the result of the referendum is relayed on May 23, 2015 in Dublin, Ireland (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
It was the son and daughter that won it, as youth revolution sweeps the day - Thousands of people celebrate in Dublin Castle Square as the result of the referendum is relayed on May 23, 2015 in Dublin, Ireland (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
Shane Coleman

Shane Coleman

It's the son (and the daughter) wot won it.

Make no mistake, it was young people that made the decisive difference in Friday's genuinely huge and historic Yes vote for gay marriage.

Not so much through the extra 66,000 of them who registered to vote in the past month - though that could have been hugely significant in a tight vote.

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