Monday 20 February 2017

Vote in hope, not in anger

Published 21/02/2016 | 02:30

'Brendan Howlin, in particular, has been steadfast in nurturing the seeds of recovery and driving the return to economic independence' Photo: Sam Boal/Rollingnews.ie
'Brendan Howlin, in particular, has been steadfast in nurturing the seeds of recovery and driving the return to economic independence' Photo: Sam Boal/Rollingnews.ie

If there is one sentiment evident during this election campaign, it is that the anger of the people is still raging. It is understandable after eight traumatic years of ruin and fragile recovery, but is also somewhat worrying less than a week from polling day.

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The campaign itself seems to have stoked, or at least exposed, that anger, rather than calm the national mood and refocus citizens on a future that will be less traumatic and more expressive of a values-based community we all want to share.

For the government parties, the campaign seems to have served as a wake-up call over the tough decisions imposed on the country after taking over a bankrupt nation. It is clear the Coalition has so far failed to explain adequately the message of recovery and lay out a more hopeful future to voters in a way that is meaningful to their stressed and dissatisfied lives.

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