Pat Rabbitte: Running for election on a platform of non-participation

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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