Friday 23 February 2018

Ask what you can do for candidates seeking election

A general view of the Dáil chamber
A general view of the Dáil chamber

Niamh Gallagher

In my little world, democracy is thriving. In just two weeks, more than 10 friends have asked me how they can get involved in the upcoming election. Separately, at a professional dinner two weeks ago, the question that kept the table buzzing was how to get involved in the election, how best to help a candidate of your choice?

In most cases, the people asking are without strong party affiliations or political experience; people whose political activity to date has been to vote and no more.

This feels like another part of the much-fabled recovery. In emerging from the economic crisis, we are also surfacing from a political one. We have lived through years of disappointment, disillusion and, in many cases, horror and outrage at the personal toll that political decisions took on people whose only mistake was to believe the yarns politicians told them.

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