James MacDermott: Knowing where your TD lives does not mean you can picket their home
People have a right to protest but politicians have a right to feel safe. However, removing the addresses of candidates from ballot papers is not necessarily the solution
‘We know where you live’ has always been considered more of a threat than a compliment but despite this in Ireland, the address of a candidate appears beside their name on the ballot paper for local, European and general elections.
However, this may change following a proposal by Green Party TD Patrick Costello to remove addresses that pose a “significant safety risk” to politicians. This very real danger was highlighted recently with demonstrations taking place ...