Irish Examiner View: Go out and vote

Irish Examiner View: Go out and vote

Though one of the bookmakers, those unsentimental practitioners of realpolitik, offers odds of six-to-one that Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil might, on mature reflection, overcome their differences and work together to form a government after tomorrow’s election it is unlikely that those odds would be offered against the possibility of a second election being called later this year.

The huge and justified appetite for change is matched only by the possibility that the next Dáil will be so fragmented, so divided that it might be all but impossible to form a government stable enough to last more than a few months.

This serves no-one’s interests but even so, should that transpire, we will have to deal with it.

Tomorrow’s weather forecast shows why politicians abhor a February election.

The counter attractions of a Six Nations weekend might make it all too tempting to stay at home too.

That, at a moment when democracies all around the world seem in peril, would be a betrayal of the future.

It may be a cliche but a vote is far too precious not to use.

Go and vote.

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