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Every Irish voter must make it count

So, after all the subterfuge, we will very soon have a date for the long-overdue general election in the Republic. The attention now turns to every Irish citizen with the right to vote to have their say.

With every right, though, as we all should know, comes responsibility.

The government returned after the general election will be the chief negotiators on the international stage, people we must entrust to get the best deals for this beleaguered nation.

The candidate who can get your local road tarmacadamed has a forum. This election, however, is not it.

It may be the case that our electoral system prevents us from returning true national politicians - that is something that needs to be urgently addressed.

For now, though, it is incumbent on every franchised Irish citizen to shun parish pump politics. Not to do so would be criminal.

BRENDAN CORRIGAN

Belfast

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