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Limerick councillor leads drive to lower voting age

first_imgLimerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Print Cllr Seighin O CeallaighLIMERICK Sinn Féin councillor Séighin Ó Ceallaigh is spearheading his party’s proposal to lower the voting age for Dáil, European, and Local Elections, as well as constitutional referendums to 16 years of age.The Government has already committed to lowering the voting age to 17, and will publish a Bill in the New Year. However, Cllr Ó Ceallaigh argues that the age should be set at 16, and that a referendum be held as soon as possible to ensure that this happens before the next general election.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “As the Youth Officer for Limerick Sinn Féin, I would encourage all young people to become politically active and to use their votes, and to be sure to register to vote,” said the 22-year-old public representative for City East.“Young people are constant targets of the Fine Gael and Labour Government with cuts to their social welfare, their mistreatment through Jobsbridge, and through the ever rising third level education fees, they deserve the opportunity to voice their opposition to these measures,” he claims.Cmhlr Ó Ceallaigh also believes the young people of Limerick deserve a chance to vote for their own future.“People who are 16 will soon face the adult world and at the moment they have no say in this world they are going to enter. At 16, some people are in third level education and have part time jobs, yet they cannot vote on issues that affect them, be that in general elections, local elections or referendums,” he commented.He maintains that the fact that 16 year olds in Scotland were able to vote in the recent referendum caught the imagination of people here.“The Scottish referendum blew the myth that young people are apathetic out of the water. Young people drove the turnout in the Scottish referendum in a way that was extraordinary. By doing so, they’ve shown that they are capable of getting engaged with politics.“If we get this right, we will take the first steps to creating a voter generation and democracy will thank us for it. I would hope that all parties in the Oireachtas support this proposal,” he concluded. Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Facebook Email NewsLocal NewsLimerick councillor leads drive to lower voting ageBy Alan Jacques – November 6, 2014 605 Advertisement Vanishing Ireland podcast documenting interviews with people over 70’s, looking for volunteers to share their stories RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img Twitter WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live TAGSCllr Séighin Ó CeallaighlimerickSinn Fein Linkedin Previous articleDoras Luimní urges Justice Minister to target sex buyers not prostitutesNext articleMaking theatrical waves on PULSE 11 Alan Jacques WhatsApp Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed livelast_img read more

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O Neil to name squad for Netherlands friendly

first_imgThe visit of the Dutch to the Aviva Stadium will be the final game before O’Neill finalises his squad for Euro2016.Team captain Robbie Keane is expected to feature after his return from injury, but several players involved in the end-of-season play-offs are likely to be left-out.last_img

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Giants owner: Odell Beckham Jr. trade left grandsons crying

first_imgBeckham, a three-time Pro Bowl selection, signed a five-year, $95 million extension in August. The 26-year-old wideout has 390 catches, 5,476 yards and 44 touchdowns in his career. “Both of ’em sobbed uncontrollably on the phone,’’ Mara said Sunday at the NFL’s league meeting (via the New York Post). “One of them is speaking to me now, the other one is not so sure. I say that half-kiddingly but it was not an easy decision.’’Mara had a couple of public squabbles with Beckham during the receiver’s five seasons in New York (he noted last October that Beckham needed to “do a little more playing and a little less talking”), yet he admitted he was “reluctant” to approve the trade. The Giants received Cleveland’s No. 17 overall pick in the 2019 draft, the second of the Browns’ third-round picks (No. 95) and promising young safety Jabrill Peppers.“I will tell you it was a reluctant approval on my part, because I happen to like Odell very much and I recognize the unique talent that he has,’’ Mara said. “It’s not easy to trade that player to another team.“I understand also we have a lot of holes we need to fill and if we make the right decisions with that first pick and with that third pick, we obviously like Jabrill Peppers a lot. Ultimately I gave my 50 percent share of the approval.’’Despite his reluctance to part with OBJ, Mara admitted that Beckham’s sometimes controversial actions and comments were a factor in his departure.“Honestly, there were times when it did bother me and I had conversations with him about it, but it was never to the point where we said to (general manager Dave Gettleman), ‘You got to get rid of this guy,’ ” Mara said. “It never reached that point. But is it a factor in the final decision? Yeah, it’s a factor. The thing about him, though, is he’s a good guy. He did a lot of good things with us. He was terrific with the Make-A-Wish kids we brought into the facility every week.”It wasn’t like we were getting rid of a guy who was gonna be a criminal. Yeah, he was somebody, there was always some extra issues he brought into the building every day. But it was never to the point where it was unmanageable.’’ The Giants trade that sent Odell Beckham Jr. to the Browns earlier this month left many New York fans upset.Team co-owner and president John Mara got a painful reminder of that when he called his two grandsons to inform them the star wide receiver had been traded.last_img read more

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