Sunday 11 December 2016

It's no wonder voters are cynical about politics

Theresa Reidy

Published 30/05/2015 | 02:30

Children wait for the results of the same-sex marriage referendum at Dublin Castle last week.
Photo: Mark Condren
Children wait for the results of the same-sex marriage referendum at Dublin Castle last week. Photo: Mark Condren

The bizarre referendum on the age of presidential candidates was resoundingly defeated last week. The proposal now has the ignominious status of having been defeated by the largest margin of any referendum to date.

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The Government's record on its political reforms is terrible. All three political reform referendums have now failed (Oireachtas Inquiries, Seanad Abolition and the Age of Presidential Candidates). Its legal system reforms all passed, along with the social change referendums and the Fiscal Compact.

The Government was elected, in part, on a platform of political reform and its decision to establish the Constitutional Convention to deliberate on political reform issues was brave and commendable.

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