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Electoral politics is far from perfect - but just think what the alternative would be

Jason O'Mahony


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Respectable vote haul: Saoirse McHugh Green Party candidate on the canvass in Westport. PHOTO CONOR MCKEOWN

Respectable vote haul: Saoirse McHugh Green Party candidate on the canvass in Westport. PHOTO CONOR MCKEOWN

Respectable vote haul: Saoirse McHugh Green Party candidate on the canvass in Westport. PHOTO CONOR MCKEOWN

Although I disagree pretty much with most of what she espouses, I think Saoirse McHugh has generally added to the level of political debate in the country.

It is easy to dismiss her as a failed candidate, but speaking as a failed candidate myself, who got a mere fraction of the votes she got, I'd hope electoral defeat doesn't banish one to opinion exile forever.

She does tend to be a bit vague about what she is espousing, but at times she descends almost into philosophy on the meaning of Irish democracy itself.