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Why does Donegal (nearly) always vote no?


Con Gallagher

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56% in Donegal North East have voted no in the children's referendum. Donegal South West have also voted no, by a narrower margin. It was the only county to vote no to the Fiscal Treaty and the two Lisbon ones?
Why is it such an outlier?

Possible answers
1. It's geographically an outlier
2. Partition has meant it is very isolated from the rest of the State
3. There is severe distrust of the State
4. There is less trust in their own politicians
5. Being a dissident is part of their collective character (and with Donegal ancestry I can speak with some experience).

6. DDP just referred to the county being neglected by Dublin
7. Joe McHugh TD wants a study as to why it is a naysayer.
 

ruserious

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The only way out is through Leitrim. Wouldn't you be pretty pissed?
 
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56% in Donegal North East have voted no in the children's referendum. Donegal South West have also voted no, by a narrower margin. It was the only county to vote no to the Fiscal Treaty and the two Lisbon ones?
Why is it such an outlier?

Possible answers
1. It's geographically an outlier
2. Partition has meant it is very isolated from the rest of the State
3. There is severe distrust of the State
4. There is less trust in their own politicians
5. Being a dissident is part of their collective character (and with Donegal ancestry I can speak with some experience).

6. DDP just referred to the county being neglected by Dublin
7. Joe McHugh TD wants a study as to why it is a naysayer.
It's because they're cleverer and less capable of being bullied or bought than the moral vacuum that exists in most of the other 25 counties...
 

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Distrust of the state, historically always very rebellious, no urban centre, geographically isolated and very poor.
 
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Realised that just after I pressed 'reply'. Point stands :lol:
No it doesn't - north Leitrim's stretch of road has the sea on one side and the mountains on the other, with Glencar a short drive away. Then you come into north Sligo and there is Ben Bulben, Truskmore, Classiebawn castle and Mullaghmore, all right beside you as you drive, with beautiful Maugherow and Lissadell a short distance to the west after Grange village, and Lough Gill, Dromahair, and Parkes Castle a short drive in the other direction. It's actually one of the nicest parts of Ireland!
 
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The only way out is through Leitrim. Wouldn't you be pretty pissed?
The only way out? Since when did they close off the border crossings at Bridgend, Muff, (whisper it!), Strabane, Clady, Castlederg, Pettigo, and Belleek?
Pah! Typical southern Irish, one-dimensional thought process to respond like that......................
 

Con Gallagher

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Donegal bashers. Donegal are all Ireland champs. big deal done with Glasgow Celtic, more in common with Chicago and Boston than D4 land. Donegal also stood solidly against the divorce referendum scam.

Maybe the problem is with you and not with Donegal.
Nobody is bashing Donegal. I'm certainly not. It is one of the best and beautiful counties in the country who's people are very well grounded (as well as being deserved all-Ireland champions).
 

ruserious

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The only way out? Since when did they close off the border crossings at Bridgend, Muff, (whisper it!), Strabane, Clady, Castlederg, Pettigo, and Belleek?
Pah! Typical southern Irish, one-dimensional thought process to respond like that......................
I'm sure there are many ways back into the republic, including use of a submarine but perhaps one wants to avoid the shrills of the North.
 
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The only way out? Since when did they close off the border crossings at Bridgend, Muff, (whisper it!), Strabane, Clady, Castlederg, Pettigo, and Belleek?
Pah! Typical southern Irish, one-dimensional thought process to respond like that......................
Indeed - most people in Inishowen in particular consider Derry their main big town (not counting Buncrana, which is tiny), not Letterkenny. They don't view themselves as 'hemmed in', they view themselves as one people with those in Derry.
 

Con Gallagher

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I'm sure there are many ways back into the republic, including use of a submarine but perhaps one wants to avoid the shrills of the North.
The new government did a disgraceful u-turn on co-funding the A5. Better roads in and out might reduce its isolation.
 

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Because Ulster says "No"?
 

darach

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Donegal suffers a disconnect from the Republic. They feel abandoned, forgotten and hard done by.
 

Con Gallagher

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Indeed - most people in Inishowen in particular consider Derry their main big town (not counting Buncrana, which is tiny), not Letterkenny. They don't view themselves as 'hemmed in', they view themselves as one people with those in Derry.
Historically, with Glasgow as their main large city
 
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