Monthly Archives: May 2014

Your Vote, Your Voice

Four Reasons You Should Vote

  1. Every Vote Counts

When you vote, your vote then combines with the others who share the same views as yourself to create a voice. The more like-minded votes, the louder the voice!

  1. The issues affect YOU

Many people are put off voting because they don’t trust politicians or they don’t feel that politicians represent them.  BUT… many of the issues that are decided in government do affect you! From education, to health, to employment, to housing, to climate change, to benefits…you will always find something that affects you.

  1. People sacrificed a lot so that YOU can vote

The right to vote has been fought for by many and in some parts of the world, people are still fighting to be able to have a say in the decisions that are made for their countries.  How would you feel if your vote was taken away from you?  Don’t take your vote for granted.

  1. Whoever votes gets represented.

Democracy needs everyone to participate – whether you are young, old or somewhere in between, no matter what your background or current circumstances are, your vote means that your voice will be heard.
If only older people voted, then only issues affecting older people would be prioritised in government. If you don’t vote, then you may miss out on being able to make changes where things directly affect you.

Vote and have your say — It is your future after all!

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One in every four people in Ireland chooses not to vote!

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Egyptian Women display their inked fingers after voting at a Cairo polling station in 2011.  This was the first election after Muhammad Hosni Murabak was forced to step down from his 30-year role as president following pro-democracy protests in Tahir Square.  The last election was held in 2005 when Murabak was the only candidate. 

Image: Bela Szandelszky/Associated Press


Econowha? is a free online reading and learning tool for adult learners.

Numeracy and literacy tutors may be interested in this great new resource designed to help ordinary people gain a better understanding of the economic policies that shape our lives.


  • It is comprised of 9 sessions, each with things to watch and read.
  • Each session has guide questions to get your discussion started, keywords to look up in the glossary, and proposed learning outcomes.
  • Each session features a guest blogger who has already had a look at the resources and has responded with an original piece to some of the guide questions.  The guest bloggers come from different backgrounds and offer different perspectives. Their responses vary in length, use of language, and writing style.
  • Beneath each session is a space for comments to aid discussion and dialogue.
  • The ‘Resources’ section also contains ‘Tools for Popular Education‘, which can be helpful for finding creative ways of supporting learning  in groups.
  • You will also find ‘Extra Reading and Viewing’ beneath some sections, which might be useful for anyone who wishes to take their learning further. 

    Econowha? brings a lot of different material together to aid the learning process. We are facilitating access to these resources as useful educational tools but do not endorse all the views contained within them. We invite you to challenge and question the material in a way that is useful for you. We invite you to always ask ‘Why?’econowha2


Econowha? is a joint project between Debt and Development Coalition Ireland and UCD School of Social Justice. It was developed by Mark Malone, with support from Sian Crowley.

Materials from Econowha? will also be posted in the DEBATE Staff Zone.