Today was General Election day here in Ireland and as I went to vote this morning, it brought back all those days of going to the polls ~ first as a hanger on with my parents and then as a voter in my own right.
I’m passionate about taking the trouble, not that I’d call it ‘trouble,’ to vote as it isn’t so long ago that many, many people were disenfranchised in countries, such as Ireland, and women have a lot to thank Suffragettes, like Emmeline Pankhurst for:
This was a message that was well instilled into me by my mother who was born in 1921, just a year before full women’s suffrage was introduced in Ireland.
I must say that I’m not a person who votes for women just because they are women. It’s what a candidate stands for that matters to me and all things being equal on that score, I’ll vote for the woman as I feel that we need a much greater representation from women in politics and in all areas of key decision-making.
As I conclude this post, there are just a couple of minute to go before the polling booths close for this 2016 General Election. The pattern of the results will begin to emerge soon after counting starts at 9am tomorrow morning.
I once had the privilege of being one of the counters at a General Election in a Dublin Constituency in the early 1980s. That experience taught me a huge amount about about our complex Proportional Representation System which is very far removed from the First Past the Post System.
The tension at the Count was incredible and the scrutiny under which we were counting was beyond intense. It was a long, long day but one I will never forget.
Funny, the quote that has been bobbing around in my head all day today for some reason is this one that really resonates with me:
In memory, everything seems to happen to music. ( Tennesse Williams)
The music that is with me from this Election period has to be this song which has been belting out in the car as Harry and I have been driving past election poster after election poster ~ colourful cardboard flowers that will have vanished over the weekend!