ALISON O'CONNOR: Politicians deserve more than our vote. They deserve our respect, too

Abuse and invective directed at our elected representatives are a reflection of the times, writes Alison O’Connor.

Joan Burton: The former tánaiste recently spoke about social media postings that threatened an acid attack to ‘fix her’. Picture: PA

The coming year will be big for elections. We will have European and local elections in May, and only a fool would rule out a general election. So, you’ll be seeing plenty of politicians over the next few months, and perhaps a New Year’s resolution would be to be a little nicer to them.

I’ve noticed a recurrent theme during the last few months. It’s cropped up in conversations not just with politicians, but also with those who try to persuade people to go into politics.

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