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The European elections are almost upon us. I am not in his constituency, but if I were I would be voting for Diarmuid O’Flynn. For years now he and the indefatigable folk of Ballyhea Says No have fought the good fight. That they have not gained traction is more a reflection on the national and international political climate. That we should never had had to shoulder the burden of the failed banks alone is now well accepted. That we should in all moral terms get some recompense is generally accepted albeit perhaps grudgingly. That all the fine words and rhetoric of politicians is not worth the paper on which they are not written is also true. You dont have to, and I dont, agree with everything Diarmuid proposes to admire his stance. Having voted for what we thought was a revolution in 2011 we have been let down by the established political parties. Its time for a change.

Diarmuid and his crew are idealists. We need more people like him in politics. They are not pragmatists – but then, we have a surfeit of them. They are independent, from all parties and none. They and he have shown their willingness to press their ideas and ideals forward, speaking truth to power. They have not been listened to but they have not been daunted. These elections across Europe are ones of protest. We should take the opportunity to send a protest note. It might be ignored, but it will be heard.

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