May 24 sees a big Election Day in the Republic of Ireland.
There are polls for the local councils, the European Parliament, and also a divorce referendum.
Here on FPP we’ll be following the various contests closely, with particular attention to our own local area, but hopefully with a view to encouraging others to get more involved wherever they may be.
Our premise is that there is a ton of information out there if you just know where to look.
While I have my own personal beliefs on government, I’d rather see a higher turnout of voters than have my own preferred candidates elected. At least then I could say I was being governed by the will of a true majority.
In my own local Ballyfermot/Drimnagh ward of Dublin City Council for example, the turnout at the last poll was a mere 43%, and other wards were less than 40. This is a disgrace as far as I’m concerned, and I don’t just blame the politicians – the electorate itself must take responsibility for such collective apathy.
Over the next 3+ weeks I hope to highlight the candidates, the issues, the media coverage, and for full disclosure, my own personal choice of voting plan.
Do stay tuned.