Have you noticed how softly, low tone, gently, almost in undertones, riding piggyback on the main Referendum issues concerning the 8th. Amendment of the Constitution, those who wish to promote and support a Referendum on granting a Constitutional Right to those aged sixteen, to the right to vote in any form of election, are conducting their campaigns?

Strange is it not, that while making claims of wishing to involve our young people meaningfully,  in the democratic processes of the State, and giving them their voices in matters of public concerns affecting them, these same promoters and supporters seem oblivious to defects of the current supposed democratic elective process!

These sixteen-year-olds will find themselves voting ad infinitum, in the main, for the same party selected hacks, the new ascendancy political barons, reigning with personal and family-based local and national power and political influence for forty years or more! Strange that this desire to empower these sixteen-year-olds with voting rights pays absolutely no attention to those kinds of issues which would engender the kind of Democracy that would actually empower the entire electorate, such as, a Constitutional limit as to how many consecutive terms an individual may stand for election to any elective position.  Also  how about the fact that you can only vote for a candidate, nothing in the system allows you to actually vote against a candidate, you’re only options are to vote for the least objectionable candidates first etc and unless you wish to devalue your Proportional Representation Vote, place the most objectionable candidate last on the ballot paper!  or totally abstain from voting.Now if there was a box on the bottom of the ballot papers for NONE OF THE ABOVE  think of how these two changes alone would affect those new ascendancy barons and their party backers! the word on the street , wonders what its readers have to say on these and other suggestions for electoral reform?


  1. Fascinating topic. You raise a number of interesting points and indeed reading your blog here with a friend sparked a fascinating discussion on democracy in Ireland and how many young people here, even those who purport to study politics in a ‘so called’ top city university do not understand how real democracy works. She is currently doing her best to educate them and we both strongly agreed that 16 would be far too young for voting, we might even go so far as to say 21 might be more appropriate. With voting and citizenship comes responsibility. Are people prepared for this. In her country, citizenship has certain rights and responsibilities, you must show that you voted in previous elections before exercising certain other rights. I wonder how that would work here.

    The other idea which was of interest to me here was that of voting against a candidate. Some years ago, when local elections were being held, I was living in a large town. Among the candidates for election were two for the same party; one very popular and one rather unpopular. This was clearly reflected in the result; A topped the poll and B was at the bottom with only a handful of votes. To my horror, ‘B’ was later co-opted onto the council. That wasn’t bad enough. ‘A’ later moved to another county to a lucrative position so when the Mayoral position rotated, ‘B’ ended up as Mayor…a candidate that had not been wanted by the electorate. This is replicated after each local election.

    Thank you for your interesting points again.

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