Thursday 8 December 2016

Voters said Yes to marriage equality – but No to age equality

Published 29/05/2015 | 02:30

Michael Collins became Chairman of the Provisional Government in his early thirties
Michael Collins became Chairman of the Provisional Government in his early thirties

Last Friday, I had the privilege of participating for the first time in the democratic process.

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Imagine my utter disappointment, then, when on Saturday evening it was announced that the Irish people had decided to deny the right to participate further to a substantial share of the Irish adult, voting electorate.

To add insult to injury, people such as Fine Gael MEP Seán Kelly have the bald-faced audacity to declare Referendum 35, on lowering the minimum age for presidential candidates, a waste of money. Apparently, to some people, democracy is an extravagance.

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