A public meeting heard last night (Wednesday) that Edgeworthstown’s lack of political representation after last month’s local elections could have been averted if more young people had voted.
Pauline Flood was one of several local residents to speak out on an issue which has generated plenty of attention and local debate in recent days.
She said one of the main causes for the lower than expected turnout was because many young people simply weren’t tuned in.
“A lot of 18-year-olds didn’t vote because they didn’t understand the boundary (changes) and the elections,” she told an attentive audience at The Park House Hotel.
Ms Flood said a sizeable percentage of young voters were not even registered when polling day arrived on May 23 last.
“If we could have solved that problem, there might have been a lot more votes in Edgeworthstown,” she contended.
A number of other local homeowners spoke too, some with unease over what the future may hold and some with a determination to talk up the town’s fortunes.
There were contributions also from county council representatives and from the evening’s main speaker and chairperson, Frank Kilbride.
The Longford businessman, like his Fianna Fail opposite number, Tom Victory failed to secure re-election to Longford County Council last month.
He pledged, despite that disappointment, to continue representing the wider Edgeworthstown area into the future.
“While I am no longer an elected representative, I will be more than pleased to give you the benefit of my 15 years of experience,” he said.
For more on this story, see next week’s Longford Leader.