Since it has become a sort of confessional political tradition for An Sionnach Fionn, here is how I voted in today’s European Parliament and local government elections.
European Parliament elections 2019:
1) Sinn Féin
2) Independents for Change
3) Social Democrats
4) Solidarity-People Before Profit
5) Green Party
I didn’t vote for the “second” Solidarity-People Before Profit candidate since she is representing the Socialist Party – the Solidarity moniker notwithstanding – and my aversion to the party of the “Confederation of the British Isles” is well known. One might as well support the Irexit Freedom Party as support the SP since they are flip sides of the same anti-EU, pro-UK coin. My vote for the Green Party was with a heavy heart as it has yet to express any great contrition for its time in coalition government with Fianna Fáil from 2007-11. I remain suspicious of the naked ambition of some figures in the leadership of the Greens but by instinct I’m something of an eco-republican – in the tradition of Patrick Pearse – so I held my nose and gave them my fifth vote.
I had indicated in a previous post or comment that I was inclined to give Mark Durkan, the former leader of the SDLP, a nod on the ballot paper out of solidarity with the northern nationalist community and to send a message to the Brexiteers in Britain and the DUP in the north. However on the day I couldn’t bring myself to put a number anywhere near that Fine Gael logo despite lingering in the booth for two or three minutes as I debated what to do. To be perfectly honest with you it actually made my stomach sick at the thought of voting for FG, which surprised even me. So I contented myself with the above selections.
Local government elections 2019:
1) Sinn Féin
2) Sinn Féin
3) Independents 4 Change
4) Social Democrats
5) Green Party
I declined to vote for the sole Solidarity-People Before Profit candidate in my local government constituency because he is another Socialist Party entryist and by inclination I quite like living in the independent nation-state of Ireland, and the European Union as a whole, rather than in some slightly red Trot version of the British Empire. (Okay, an exaggeration but y’know what I mean.)
On the referendum question – remember that? – I voted an easy “Yes” to liberalising the laws covering the separation period before a person can apply for divorce and recognising divorces granted outside the State through the Thirty-eighth Amendment of the Constitution Bill 2016. So there you go, another set of elections (and a plebiscite) and another set of votes recorded for posterity. Let me know how you get on today or any observations you might have from the polling stations. But above all, exercise your right and get out and vote!