Una Mullally: If you think the movement is going away you have not been listening

The experience of participating in the political process and affecting positive change engages people on many levels

This movement created an energy that has changed people. Canvassers made new connections, exchanged ideas, got to know people in their communities, learned about grassroots activism, organising and fundraising. Photograph: Getty Images

This movement created an energy that has changed people. Canvassers made new connections, exchanged ideas, got to know people in their communities, learned about grassroots activism, organising and fundraising. Photograph: Getty Images

‘The first thing is to keep those WhatsApp groups going.” Last Friday morning I happened to be talking to Sinead Gibney, the new Dún Laoghaire candidate for the Social Democrats. What Gibney was referring to was how the messaging platform WhatsApp was utilised as an organising tool and a forum of conversation for the thousands of women and men around the country who mobilised to win the Eighth Amendment referendum.

Many people will still be experiencing a post-campaign slump. It’s a discombobulating feeling as our minds and bodies readjust. Some of us remember the days following school or college exams when, even after completing the tests, our minds were stuck in study mode, unable to process that study time was over.

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