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Wednesday 7 December 2016

Apathy no more, time to vote well

Published 07/02/2016 | 02:30

President Michael D. Higgins and Taoiseach Enda Kenny at the Aras An Uachtarain where the Dail was dissolved. Photo: Steve Humphreys
President Michael D. Higgins and Taoiseach Enda Kenny at the Aras An Uachtarain where the Dail was dissolved. Photo: Steve Humphreys

It is often said that citizens have a duty to vote and that it is better to vote than to abstain from voting and, for the most part, that is true with the caveat that there is also an obligation to vote well, that is, to do so morally and with knowledge to the common good.

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In the five years since the last general election the citizens of this country have been engaged in an often passionate debate about what might be loosely described as the nature of governance, or, more specifically, on their differing interpretations of what is the common good.

For the most part, those who have participated in this debate, privately or in a public forum - be they based on the left, centre or right of the political spectrum - have expressed sincerely held views which may be, to varying degrees, in stark contradiction with each other but are no less sincerely held.

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