Letters: Would youth be wasted on our presidents?
Published 16/04/2015 | 02:30
Perhaps a well-founded and acute apprehension prompted former President Mary McAleese to reveal how she intends to vote in the marriage referendum, notwithstanding the consistent backing for this proposition in opinion polls (Irish Independent, April 14).
After all, opinion polls about voting intentions prior to the abolition of Seanad Éireann suggested that a 'Yes' vote of 64pc was assured, but the electorate rejected that proposition by a margin of 51pc to 48pc. Furthermore, five of the last 10 referendums proposals have been rejected by the electorate. Apathy, inertia, grave doubt and voter turnout of less than 50pc have been a recurring feature in referendums to change the Constitution.
However, it would have been immensely insightful if Mrs McAleese had shared her insight into the Government's other referendum proposition, the one to reduce the age of presidential candidates from 35 to 21. She is uniquely qualified to offer a credible opinion.