That doesn't mean he isnt telling the truth.
Check the electoral register against the percentages of voters from individual boxes will tell you who did or did not vote.
To suggest the people of Finglas West would not get out of bed to vote is demeaning to the good people in Finglas West who get out of bed to go to work or feed their children or the many other daily reasons someone would get out of bed. This is what I mean by blueshirt thinking. The reason there is a low turnout is nothing to do with the implied laziness. It's the education, disengagement, constant disappointment and the utter failure of politics (or success if you're so inclined) to attract many in Finglas West to the voting booth.
I do not think he is not telling what he believes to be the truth. I've no doubt he believes it. I'm am saying he is wrong.
Fair play to anyone that works and promotes voting in any low turnout area.
I think you're being annoyed on behalf of the wrong people. Lar wasn't talking about the people of Finglas West. He was talking about the people of Finglas West who promised to vote for Sinn Féin.
You are dead right, I'd have thought that that was so obvious that I needn't stress it.
Of course I wasn't referring to the people of Finglas West as a body. "They were too young to realise that SF got a tremendous reception all over Finglas West but most of their
supporters wouldn't get out of bed to go and cast a vote," is what I said and iis what I meant to say. I worked iin Finglas for over three decades and I think I don't need a lecture from anyone on the moral attributes of the people who live there. During most of that tie, the Shinners worked really hard try to promote their cause. At election times, the party always had more door to door canvassers, poster hangers and God knows what else than the combined total of all the opposition but everyone knew that those who promised to vote SF were the ones least likely to turn out to vote.
Like Avondhu said, a check of the electoral register is all it takes to find out if I am right or wrong - no rocket science involved.
The problem for SF is even more pronounced in Finglas South as the social problems are more acute.
You can't blame education for the fact that bin collectors won't enter certain streets after 11 am as they would be attacked by some of the local heads who would be waking up around that time. Tat's from a bin man who worked there. For many years, FF was able to get two seats in that constituency by superb vote management where SF, despite the promises of support, fell short every time until FF imploded.
That's also on the record.