I dont understand it either.
Voted this morning at 8.30 (before I went to school) and it was great, knew who I was voting for weeks ago.
If I had a vote I wudn't vote cause I don't think I know enough about what all the parties objectives are...
I also don't know who are left-wing, rite-wing etc.
Man 11 30 better go to bed!!
I voted today,I knew who I was going to vote for in the Local and County Council Elections,but for the European
Gave my 1,2,3,4 to men+women that I know already,clearly im not going to vote for someone that I don't know! After that it was just writing down 4-12 in a random order!*
*Anyone else think the voting ballot was alot like the first question in the Irish LC Test??
If you're 18 then I think you're more than old enough to vote. Who you vote for doesn't just affect you, it affects me as well. So please do not treat elections as an opportunity for a giggle, act your age.
Yes, and if you're an eighteen year-old woman it's your right to go out, get drunk and get pregnant. It does not make it responsible. And unlike if you decide to get pregnant, how you vote affects everyone.
How would you know? I have never given a preference to a Fianna Fáil or PD candidate, and no Green candidate got any preference from me this time around.
Why don't you give our elections as much respect as older people do, Piste?
Because are political system is crap anyway doesn't matter who is in government at the moment they are going to be just as bad as their predecessors.
Ok, really, i think you're over-exaggerating this. Everyone is welcome to comment in this forum, but be prepared to see typical teenage responses to things. Please stop being so condescending. Maybe i'm not old enough yet to have made up my mind as to what party to vote for? Some people know from an early age, however, i had no idea who best to vote for. I dont see any of them as capable of improving things for me tbh.
As well as that, you might have noticed that alot of people here are 17/18.....in other words, we are sitting the leaving cert. We have A LOT more on our plate at the moment.
The fact is there is a very large pool of people who won't vote for political party's because of their association with the founding of this state many years ago yet i hardly see anyone go and have a bark at them.
If you do not have the time to make up who to vote for, how do you have the time to go to the polling station?
Giving ample time to read up about the candidates/referendum goes hand in hand with actually going to the polling station.
Using the Leaving Cert as an excuse for an uninformed decision is a cop out.
We all have done it, yes, it is a hard exam. But we all survived it, and I certainly didn't use it as an excuse to affect the running of our country.
I voted for him way down my list, so there was no chance of him being elected, but I did it anyway cos I felt sorry for him for being a "jobseeker and poet".
It took me literally 2 minutes on the way home from my exams to vote.
I'm not using the leaving as an excuse, i'm saying that in my opinion it was more important for me to study than research candidates. In saying that, i read the leaflets they came around with, and i didn't particularly agree with any one of them. No policies stuck out as being something that I should vote for.
Then imho you should have put more effort in before you decided to give a number two to Libertas, for example.
400,000 on the Live Register. If you want to be treated as an adult, expect to face the difficulties we all do.
Check the Politics forum.
Doesn't answer my question, though.
I'm sure if any of us were actually interested in politics, we would. No? So why don't you leave the politics discussion to the politics forum, and if anyone wants to have a serious discussion, do it over there?
This is a place for us to relax, have a laugh, etc - Not a place where we all sit down and debate about politics because we enjoy the topic.
Originally Posted by RealityCheck View Post
That was his own personal opinion. The core support of FG would not be able to stomoch the idea any time this century.
Nor would Sinn Fein stomach being in power with a bunch of ex-facist blue shirts.
How is the same parties were all for sinn fein power sharing in the north but not here?
Exactly, free staters is your answer.
Considering SF have had their own illegal private army on the go for many decades now, the irony of that statement isn't lost on me ;-)
Originally Posted by Nodin View Post
"had". So did part of the Labour party. They've moved on......
A lot of people remain unconvinced of that.
They weren't illegal at all, they were representitive of the soveriegn government of the United Kingdom, of which Ireland was a member. They were much more "legal" than the IRA who never put themselves up for election.
If you were to say the Brits were illegally occupying the place back then you'd have to say they are illegally occupying the place now.
It goes on like this for 5 pages btw in one thread no less in fact i can't be bothered copying and pasting so ill just link it to show what a great example is being set
No one is forcing you to vote.
If you didn't agree with any of the policies you could have just spoilt your vote, or even not even bothered going to the polling station.