As happy as I am for my French colleague Thomas Hubert that he can vote in Friday’s European and local elections, it is disappointing for me that I am actually out of the country and therefore unable to vote. I echo his sentiments in that I also feel that voting is very important.

I do think that it should be possible in this day and age, with all the technology we have, to cast a vote in advance or in some electronic format. I did look it up and there are certain circumstances under which a person is entitled to a postal vote but I do not fulfil any of the criteria, being neither in defence of the law (a garda) or in attack of it (in prison).