Today marks a historic day in Ireland as the people came out in force to vote on the referendum choosing to repeal the 8th amendment.
The one thing that has stood out during referendum is the passion and time given by both sides to try and get the result they wanted. We heard people telling personal stories as to why they were voting yes or no, we saw canvassing on a massive scale and people travelling home from all around the world to make sure their vote counted. We also saw a huge amount of young people who registered to vote and gave their time to help the respective campaigns.
These young people are key to any elections or referendums moving forward in this country and I truly hope we see the same passion and effort to fight some of the injustices still prevalent in Ireland. Homelessness, housing, the trolley crisis, the cervical cancer scandal that cost lives, carers not being supported are just some of the issues we need to fight as a nation. We need to put people and each other first and I really hope that people that were so involved in the repeal referendum put their time and energy into other areas that need people power.
is on the frontline fighting homelessness for nearly 5 years now and things have never been worse. We always need new volunteers willing to help fight a social injustice.
If everyone that was so active in this referendum continue to fight for others that need it we can bring real and necessary change to Ireland. The government need to move on and go back to taking proper action on homelessnees/housing, health, vulture funds, slum landlords, corrupt bankers etc. We haven't forgotten their part in these issues.
To quote Emmet Kirwan : "It wasn't blokes in tracksuits that ruined this country, it was blokes in suits." People power is needed to tackle all of these injustices to make Ireland a country to be proud of again. If you would like to volunteer with #ICHH
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