Irish Elections 1916


It is election time in Ireland. Irish people go to the poles and vote on Friday. It`s been unusual in some ways. Very many people are tired of politicians in general and what they see as the empty promises that all parties have given over the years. There is always a certain amount of people who believe this but I sense this time these people have increased many times and there is now a general belief among the population that what politicians say is generally untrue.

Fine Gael, one political party in power, promised when they came to power they would “burn the bondholders”, meaning banks would no longer be paid money by the state. The new government continued to pay money to the banks. Fine Geal promised a free and high quality health care. We never got it.  Labour, another party in government, promised to protect workers. They did not and they are responsible for introducing the harshest policies during the recession which has resulted in homelessness and the highest suicide rate in Europe.

There has been another mass rally of Irish people during this time. 80,000 people marched last Saturday to protest against charging for and privatizing Ireland`s water. People are tired from the government dipping into their pockets and taking money people can`t afford to give.


The problem is, in this election, people seem bored of politics. The postman said to me ” I don`t  want to vote in people and all they will do is be driven around in posh cars”

I feel particularly strongly about the state of our  health services. I put my money where my mouth is and got invited on RTE national television to talk about the mental health system. A few hours before the  show they told me I was not going on the show. I was really disappointed because I just wanted to help so many people in Ireland that are suffering  and then I was told no so that was that. I then went on Twitter to inform people of the censorship by RTE national television. People continously retweeted my tweet for an hour. There is a lot of goodness in people after all.

I know that America are also having an election and face difficult choices as to who to choose as president. To everyone in a democracy I would say use your vote. It`s fine to say “I`m bored with politics, they don`t ever do what they promise”. But the vote Irish people now have we only achieved through a war with Britain that started with The Rising in 1916, 100 years ago. A vote is our only say in politics, an integral part of democracy. So use your vote.


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Gabriel Woods

I am the author of The Golden Age Trilogy science fiction booksI have traveled to many countries around the world including India, Australia, Scotland, England, Ireland, America, Amsterdam, Germany, Greece, Cyprus, Portugal and Spain. I have worked in mental health and disability for most of my life. I have an honours Degree in Psychology, a Masters in Aid-work Management, a Certificate in Counseling Skills and I am a certified coach. I have written my first novel, The Golden Age Dawns which will be published in Amazon at the end of April. I have a Kindle book available in Amazon Easter Rising 1916 A Family Answers The Call For Ireland`s Freedom which is very popular and has achieve high ratings. I have always aimed to help and support people all my working life. Much of my learning from this is in my book, some of the ideas I share on this blogging site along with beautiful places I write about that I have traveled to. I am concerned about world politics at the moment and hope that my new book will go toward making the world a better place and helping individuals feel better about themselves. I am living in Ireland near Dublin. Apart from writing my book I have been working as a volunteer on a helpline for people with depression, bipolar and depression. What I love most is traveling and sunny countries. I love to visit important spiritual, religious, or historic places when I am in holiday but I also like holidays on the beach. I have a wide variety of music that I like from pop music to dance music and rock music. My hobbies are social commentary, politics, reading all kinds of books, the gym, gardening, D.I.Y. I love to socialize and meet new people. I like to learn new things. I am the author of: Easter Rising 1916, A Family Answers The Call For Ireland`s Freedom My Novel The Golden Age Dawns. Gabriel Woods achieved a degree in psychology in University College Dublin, Ireland. He then studied a postgraduate course in UCD which focused on the management of humanitarian aid work. He learned about African culture and the issues aid workers face in Africa. Gabriel Woods has travelled around the world. He has lived in Sydney and Brisbane in Australia. He explored important religious and cultural Hindu, Buddhist and Muslim sites of India. He learned about the spiritual practices of the people that live and worship there. Gabriel Woods also spent time exploring important aboriginal sites in Australia and the lessons aboriginals have for humanity. Gabriel Woods has lived in Dublin, London and Edinburgh. He has travelled widely throughout mainland Europe including Spain, Greece, Cyprus, Netherlands and Germany with a focus on areas of cultural importance. These sites throughout the world that Gabriel has visited have had a profound effect on him which he expresses as he writes about these areas in his novel. Gabriel has returned to Ireland. He worked voluntarily for Aware helpline that supports people experiencing depression and anxiety. He is now a fully qualified life coach. He lives in a village near the banks of The Royal Canal.

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