Wednesday 17 January 2018

Three weeks to change future

FOR several weeks -- months, on some reckonings -- the Irish political world has been engaged in a phony war; in an undeclared election campaign without an election. Yesterday, with the dissolution of the Dail, the phony war turned real. Now it is time to concentrate minds.

On February 25 the people of this Republic will make a democratic decision. Our society has many faults, but all our citizens have the right freely to choose who governs them, without harassment, interference or threats. We should glory in that right. And we should make certain that we exercise it.

In the polling stations, we will not elect a government directly, but choose our Dail representatives on the basis of the parties they represent and their personal merits. We owe it to ourselves to choose carefully.

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