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.
Several TDs from the midlands returned to Leinster House last week with copies of leaflets being distributed in...
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