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Don't vote young people out of the debate when it comes down to the presidency

Published 22/05/2015 | 02:30

No one discriminated against Éamon De Valera because of his old age, so why discriminate against a potential candidate because of their young age?
No one discriminated against Éamon De Valera because of his old age, so why discriminate against a potential candidate because of their young age?

By listening to its young Irish, their stories and ideas, and by involving them, Ireland has "the potential to transform our society in a profound and exciting way".

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Those words are from a speech that Michael D Higgins gave in 2012.

It was one of countless that he has made since becoming President in which he urged young people to be "the arrow, not the target", to be "active not passive".

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