Students have a say: The young and the fiscal treaty

Tue, May 29, 2012, 01:00

SHANE O’NEILLfrom Dublin, studying Law

Have you registered to vote? Yes

How informed would you say you are? Middle of the road – not fully informed but not completely out of it.

Where do you get your information from? The news or The Irish Times website.

How are you going to vote? At the moment Yes but I finish exams tomorrow so I want to read up on it more.

Why? It seems it is about whether we want to stay in Europe and I definitely think that’s better at the moment.

Do you think we will experience a high youth turnout? Overall probably not.

STEPHEN KENNEDY,From Dublin, Studying history

Have you registered to vote? Yes

How informed would you say you are? Well informed.

Where do you get your information from? I went looking for information myself. A group of us met last week and chatted about it. Apart from that watching the referendum commission video and reading a few leaflets that came through the door.

How are you going to vote? Undecided.

Why? We can’t be sure what we’re voting on since it might change down the line.

Do you think we will experience a high youth turnout? No, people don’t know what they’re voting on and it’s not exactly the hot topic of conversation.

SHANE BOGGSFrom Westmeath, studying Dentistry

Have you registered to vote? Yes

How informed would you say you are? Not informed.

How are you going to vote? Abstaining.

Why? I can’t see the treaty affecting me. I plan on doing my five years here and then emigrating. Other friends who study economics say we need a Yes vote to prop up the country.

Do you think we will experience a high youth turnout? Probably not. From people I know, anyway, I don’t see them going out of their way. Having it on a Thursday isn’t good for students.

ANGELINA COXFrom Kerry, Studying Law and Political Science

Have you registered to vote? Yes

How informed would you say you are? Well informed. I’ve been campaigning for a Yes vote as a member of the Labour Party.

Where do you get your information from? Mainly the internet. I try to look up sources myself as I don’t think the independent Government guide is independent.

How are you going to vote? Undecided.

Why? The treaty is trying to fix a fundamentally flawed system that aids the privileged and leaves the poor behind.

Do you think we will experience a high youth turnout? No, there seems to be quite a lot of apathy. That’s not based on research, just a general feeling.

RONAN Mc GUIREFrom Galway, studying Business and Politics

Have you registered to vote? Yes

How informed would you say you are? Relatively well informed.

Where do you get your information from? Looking things up myself on blogs, The Irish Times or politics.ie

How are you going to vote? Undecided

Why? The more I research it the more undecided I become. I’m leaning towards a No vote. In Lisbon we got a better deal the second time round. It will probably be the same here.

Do you think we will experience a high youth turnout? Probably not. It’s a treaty which usually has a low turnout of young voters compared with general elections.


Rosalind Comyninterviewed students at Trinity College Dublin