My Super Sweet Disenfranchised Sixteen

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Alicia Lawlor with Cllr Gary Gannon at Leinster House (above)

Sixteen and never been canvassed?

Time to lower the voting age.

Alicia Lawlor writes:

Why can’t I vote about my future ? Why can’t I share my opinion , let people hear my voice? Why should adults decide what can and can’t happen for me and the world that I am part of , I should have a say in my future don’t you think ?

I and sixteen I should be allowed to vote.

You sit there … think about it, why shouldn’t I be allowed vote, I shouldn’t only be allowed say my opinions to current affairs to a class room I should have the privilege of being able to make my own choices , own decision on what I think the government can and can’t do.

I’m sixteen yet I’m getting talks about career choices and colleges for what I want to do in life yet I can’t decide what I want for my countrys future .

It’s me who has the rest of my life to live here unless I decide to move a road which I don’t plan on doing, I plan on making a change , but how can I if you won’t let me vote ?

By  law I’m allowed to leave school and get a full time job or stay in school and get a part time job . Laws and tax effect that yet I can’t affect them by casting my vote in things that will effect my job , income , life, future.

Why should I be allowed sign consent to an operation but I can’t vote on something that will also affect my way of living ?

I myself would like to go into politics in near future and  would like to make a change for the people, for a better equal future… what a true republic should be… and will be, soon.

I want you to think and ask yourself what is a true republic? How many of you can honestly say you understand what a true republic is ? I’m sixteen yet I understand the meaning of a true republic from experience in life , which has nothing to do with my age.

Scotland lowered their vote to sixteen during their independence vote , people aged sixteen actively took part in the referendum with debates , campaigning and the voting … so why can’t I take part in my country’s referendums?

I believe in a true republic and I believe lowering the vote to sixteen will help us reach that promise from 100 years ago… a true republic. 26+6=1 I’ll leave that with you to figure out and think about.

Alicia Lawlor is currently on one day a week work experience with Cllr Gary Gannon, Social Democrats candidate for Dublin Central.

FIGHT!

Earlier: ‘Ireland Was Taken Back’

10 thoughts on “My Super Sweet Disenfranchised Sixteen

  1. Michael

    I’m pretty sure that Gary is the SD candidate for Dublin Central. Isn’t Anne Marie McNally their candidate in Dublin Mid-West?

    I do think 16 & 17 year olds should be allowed to vote.

  2. ReproBertie

    She doesn’t present a single valid argument and in a couple of years she won’t give a toss about 16 year olds having the vote.

  3. collynomial

    I want you to think and ask yourself what is a true republic?
    Are we talking Plato?

    How many of you can honestly say you understand what a true republic is ?
    Well, I’m no expert, but I’m pretty sure Plato didn’t mention voting.

    I’m sixteen yet I understand the meaning of a true republic from experience in life , which has nothing to do with my age.
    If age has nothing to do with your age, why do you keep mentioning it?
    You are insinuating that somehow by allowing people aged sixteen and seventeen to vote we’d suddenly be a republic, cute.

    Scotland lowered their vote to sixteen
    And then they voted to be a monarchy!

    1. MoyestWithExcitement

      “Are we talking Plato?”

      Unlikely.

      “If age has nothing to do with your age, why do you keep mentioning it?”

      Because her age is the only reason she’s not allowed to vote. You know, the whole point of her message.

    1. andy moore

      How do Judges of Young Scientest Competition & Future Uni’s ++ Employers, treat Socio/Economic Projects which are as Valid as any other Project & Would BT employ a kid who genuinely wants to help Folk in General !! Big Issues man Speaking Here now !!

  4. andy moore

    5 years ago I began to Protest & stand up for my beliefs again ! 300’000 have joined register potentially since !! 240’000 when Gary got Elected & in so many ways I’d love to see young people involved more in Politics, But in Realities since Pols was removed from Classroom & History Syllabi revised ,most Youth have 0000 understanding of Politics & Therefore never get involved unless issues directly affect them !!
    #~

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