Cllr says lessons can be learnt from Scots

Cllr says lessons can be learnt from Scots
A Donegal County Councillor who travelled to Scotland to support the Yes campaign in the independence referendum, says people in Ireland can learn a lot from the campaign.

A Donegal County Councillor who travelled to Scotland to support the Yes campaign in the independence referendum, says people in Ireland can learn a lot from the campaign.

Thursday’s historic poll saw 3.6m Scots vote on the whether the country should be independent.

The results saw 55% vote to remain part of the UK.

Donegal Independent councillor Micheal Cholm Mac Giolla Easbuig, said there are lessons to be learnt from the grassroots nature of the campaign.

“For change, people need to inform themselves, get involved, get organised,” he said.

The Gweedore-based councillor has strong family connections with the Drumfires area, and travelled there last week to canvass for the yes campaign.

He said the mood following the result among the Yes campaign is one of optimism and a renewed spirit to continue to strive for political change.

“If you are involved in politics and you engage with the working class and make them feel that they have ownership over their own future, you can give them the option of real change.

“If we engage with them and not have an arrogant attitude that political parties have in Ireland, we could have a more positive community, a more positive country.

“They will feel their input into decision making will affect their lives.”