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Our future starts here

Published 25/02/2011 | 05:00

We have had many crucial general elections but this ranks as the most important, certainly in living memory. The first general election, held in 1923 just after the bloody catastrophe of the Civil War, helped give us a stable form of parliamentary democracy, which served the country well for many decades.

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The 1932 General Election brought Fianna Fail into the political mainstream, finally allowing both sides of the Civil War to co-exist peacefully within a democratic system.

Today's election may not have the whiff of sulphur that surrounded those campaigns, but it ranks alongside those events in terms of national importance.

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