Since ancient Greece & Rome to the Arab Spring revolutions of modern times, the Democratic right to vote has been sought after as the fundament right of a citizen to express oneself. The Democratic right to vote  has been fought for on countless occasions in various nations around the world e.g. the American War of Independence ethos of “No Taxation without Representation”, the Polish Solidarity Movement or Ireland’s Home Rule movement.

Where this Democratic right to vote has been denied  sectors of the community, there has been various level of protest from nonviolent protest & marches to civil disobedience & rioting e.g. Irish Catholic Emancipation in the late 1700’s & early 1800’s, The Irish Home Rule movement forced the Reform Act 1884 & got the right to vote for every Irish man, the African-American Civil Rights Movement of the 50’s & 60’s, the Suffragette movement of the late 19th & 20th Centuries (which in Ireland included several noted Nationalist leaders e.g. the 1916 Rising leader Countess Constance Markievicz as well as Helena Moloney & Kathleen Lynn both in involved in the 1916 Rising) or the “Free Derry” & Catholic Civil Rights Riots in Northern Ireland in the 60’s to the 90’s.

The importance of the Right to Vote was not lost on the founders of the Irish Free State as women were given equally rights to vote as men from the beginning in 1922.


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