Taoiseach Leo Varadkar chose to dissolve the Dáil today and called a general election on Saturday, February 8th. This is great news for Irish students.
Finally, we are getting a Saturday election. It's the first time this is happening since 1918. Unlike other elections in the past, students from the country who are registered to vote at home won't have to miss university or work to vote. The Saturday elections means more students can vote and exercise our democratic rights.
This is really important. Students are at the frontline of many of the really important issues in Irish society today, such as the housing crisis. Inevitably we'll inherit the brunt of the climate crisis. Students need to be heard on a range of burning social issues. We need to be heard during this upcoming election.
Mark February 8 on your calendar and doublecheck that you're on the Electoral Register. It'll be a huge day for young people in this country. Let's get #hometovote trending again.
Holding the election on Saturday 8th is the perfect time for students, young families and all groups who have been screwed by FG and FF to make a real change, get out and vote, make a difference! #GE2020
— certelbetch 🇮🇪 (@certelbetch) January 14, 2020
Saturday election means students who are registered at home will be more easily able to go home to vote. For those of us registered in Dublin, I guess i'm trapped here that weekend.
— The Lu Pope (@revolucienary) January 14, 2020
On one hand, a Saturday election is a good thing because students won't be stressed as fuck trying to get home before 10pm to vote. On the other hand, voting on a weekend is what the French do, and I can't condone that.
— Oscar O'Reilly (@mikeopinions) January 14, 2020