Turnout for the children’s referendum was as to be expected —- one of the lowest in 16 years.
All-important though the welfare of children is, the slight changes in the new wording of the constitution from the original wording seemed so insignificant as to be misleading to some people.
Certainly, to most it didn’t warrant lashing out over a €1m on a referendum as austerity peaked.
Most of the propaganda inevitabilities suggested prior to the referendum could have been sorted out in the courts, if need be.
Neither had the fact the referendum was held on a Saturday made an iota of difference at the polls.
If the Government had set out to beneficially utilise the referendum they could have added just two extra questions on an additional ballot form: (1) Can this country afford a senate? (2) With the EU and troika now playing such a leading role, would the Irish people agree to conform more with other countries by reducing the number of TDs to 100?
I bet poll turnout would have increased multi-fold, while the Government would have gained invaluable information that could inevitably save the country a fortune, if acted on.
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