Pat Rabbitte: Running for election on a platform of non-participation
Only the government parties are competing to govern
Five-year Dáil terms are a recent phenomenon. The average lifespan of a Dáil used to be closer to three and a half years. Now the element of surprise is gone. A parliament running a full term enables campaigning groups to target their protests when TDs and candidates are at their most vulnerable. That is democracy.
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