Monday 5 December 2016

Seismic result shows the people want a different Ireland

Dr Paul D’Alton

Published 02/03/2016 | 02:30

'A general election often acts like an X-ray of the psyche of a country. It revels the fractures that have often been ignored and force us to address the big questions that underlie a society.' Photo credit: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
'A general election often acts like an X-ray of the psyche of a country. It revels the fractures that have often been ignored and force us to address the big questions that underlie a society.' Photo credit: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

'The 2016 Rising' is how this newspaper described the election result. Our political leadership has repeatedly told us over the last few days that "the people have spoken". But what exactly are the people saying?

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The people are saying loud and clear that they want something different. They are saying loud and clear that they want the next century of Ireland's existence to be different. Radically different. They are saying that they do not want an Ireland where we measure our success, our recovery or our well-being in economic terms alone.

Following the crisis of 2008, there was a period when it was simply about our economic survival as a nation. That period where we are solely concerned about our economic survival has come to an end.

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