ÓGRA Fianna Fáil have launched a campaign calling on the Government to keep its promise to hold elections on weekends.
Ógra has launched an email Lobby Tool on the organisations website which allows
Members of the public can send an email message to the Government through the Ógra Fianna Fáil website.
The website is hoping to handle over 10,000 emails from the public over the next 30 days.
Spokespersons for Louth Ógra Fianna Fáil Grace Cooney and Dave McArdle have said the Government’s decision to renege on their election promise, by holding the upcoming presidential election on Thursday 27 October and not on a weekend, must be reversed.
“Midweek polling,” she said, “prevents many young people living or working outside the constituency from exercising their democratic franchise.”
“Ógra is inviting all members of the public to participate in the online campaign calling for weekend polling by logging on to the website www.ogra.ie and using the email campaign tool to send a message to the Government,” she said.
Fianna Fail is turning towards youth after its disasterous showing in last February’s general election.
The party took only one of the 47 Dublin seats, only one seat in Louth – and that was not contested – and if it hadn’t been for proportional representation they would have the least number of seats in the Dail.
Fianna Fail always prided itself on being the party of the small farmer, the ordinary worker, the ordinary people.
But in this election it lost the working vote to Sinn Fein and Labour.
This happened especially in the south Louth area where there candidate was running well behind Labour’s Ged Nash and Sinn Fein’s Gerry Adams
What happened in Louth was repeated right across the country.
In many constituencies you had two Fianna Fail candidates whose vote split down the middle and the party failed to take a seat that could have been won.
This contrast this with the excellent Fine Gael vote management. But the party seems as confused. They are trying to appeal to a younger generation while ready to endorse a 77-year-old Gaybo for president.