Getting your point across

On Thursday, my countrymen will choose my president. I don’t get a say.

Somehow, by leaving the country, I have renounced my right to have a say in who represents me.

That I and thousands like me are essentially Ireland’s travelling sales people makes no difference.

Our country can call on us for our support, but doesn’t feel the need to ask for our opinion.

I don’t do conditional support. I believe in the principles on which our state was founded on, and for all our faults I believe in the innate goodness and beauty and talent of our people.

I would ask our next president, whoever it may be, to consider giving us a voice. Most of us will never waver in our support for our country. All we ask is a little in return.

Tuesday is the final day for expatriate voting at www.ballotbox.ie – this is YOUR chance to make your point.