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Voters' desire for change driven by their belief that we can be better as a people

Martina Devlin


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Going to the polls: Voters have it in their power to change society for the better for themselves and future generations. Photo: Reuters

Going to the polls: Voters have it in their power to change society for the better for themselves and future generations. Photo: Reuters

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Going to the polls: Voters have it in their power to change society for the better for themselves and future generations. Photo: Reuters

Today feels different. Today feels lush with potential. Today feels like a hinge moment in our nation's history.

"I dwell in Possibility -" writes the poet Emily Dickinson. Possibility is an optimistic, transformative space. Going to the polls today, we do so on the cusp of historic change.

As a people, we are voting on Ireland's future direction. Nothing less is at stake. We aren't deciding on the nuts and bolts of policies - manifesto promises are meaningless and compromise is inevitable once government formation horse-trading begins. This is about which path we choose to take as a nation.