Opinion Analysis

Monday 23 October 2017

David Quinn: No campaigners will be better organised for the battles ahead

David Quinn

David Quinn

THE Irish people have voted in favour of the Children referendum, but with no real enthusiasm. Only one in three voters bothered to vote and of those 58pc backed the new amendment. This means only a fifth or so of all possible voters were enthusiastic enough about the amendment to vote in favour of it.

It might be argued that many potential Yes voters were complacent. They knew it would be passed and so they stayed at home.

However, given that the issue of child abuse has been such a dominant one over the last 20 years this is very curious. You would imagine that that fact alone would have made many more people interested in the debate.

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