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Energised by the referendums? Stay involved in politics!

There are a lot of ways to get involved in politics and activism


Written by Hannah Byrne | View this authors Twitter page and posted in opinion


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The most recent referendums of 2015 on Marriage Equality and the Age of Eligibility for the Office of President saw a surge in young people registering to vote and getting involved in the political process. Lots of young people got involved with the YES Equality campaign, canvassing in their areas and asking people to get registered and to vote. Even though the President’s Age referendum didn’t pass, that’s not to say young people should feel discouraged from getting involved in the process – now is a great time to find other ways to stay involved.

If you’re a university student, you can get involved with your Students’ Union or with societies on campus, and if you’re in secondary school, you could join your student council, or find out if your school is part of some of the organisations mentioned below.

However, there’s still plenty you could do outside of an education setting.

If you’re interested in party politics, all major political parties in Ireland have youth wings:

If you don’t feel strongly towards any particular party, there are other groups you could join:

among others…

Some organisations your school could get involved with:

See the National Youth Council of Ireland website for more organisations.

If there’s an organisation you’re interested in, find out if there’s a youth wing or other ways to get involved!

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Published May 26th, 2015
Last updated October 27th, 2015
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