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Referendum on president mocks real needs of young

Voters may opt for a Yes and No on the grounds of equality in referendum contests on May 22, says Colum Kenny

Published 03/05/2015 | 02:30

President Michael D Higgins
President Michael D Higgins

Many young Irish people will vote Yes to gay marriage on the grounds of equality. But they ought to vote No in the other referendum on May 22, for the very same reason.

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Those meant to be pleased at the prospect of running for president while under 35 are the very ones who have borne the brunt of the current recession. They are not obliged to accept gestures of reform.

There are 166 Dail deputies. Only seven of these are under 35. Just one is under 30. To see more younger people in politics, the parties need no referendum.

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