People in Dún Laoghaire, County Dublin explain why they will not be voting in the 1997 General Election.

Marking a greater level of voter abstention than in previous general elections, voter turnout in the 1997 General Election was down to 65.9%. 

People on the streets of Dún Laoghaire in County Dublin give their reasons for why they will be abstaining from voting in this general election.

What we say doesn’t make a difference.

The majority of those interviewed are sceptical about Irish politicians.

They never do what they say, so I mean what’s the point.

Others do not believe politicians can achieve anything.

They’re all the same aren’t they, what are they going to do when they get into the Dáil?

With another man adding,

I know all the different politicians, and everything else, there’s no point.

Some of those interviewed are not interested in politics or think voting takes up too much of their time. One woman understands it is important to vote but is still unsure about whether she will bother. However one man is adamant he will not be voting.

I’ve never voted, I don’t believe in it at all.

This report for ‘General Election ‘97’ was broadcast on 7 June 1997.