The Daydream Party of Ireland Manifesto

The Daydream Party of Ireland believes that daydreaming is a basic human right.

When elected to Government the DPI will ensure a fair distribution of daydreams to all.

Daydreams will be a primary and secondary school subject.

Every worker will have at least three daydream work-breaks per day.

We believe that now, more than ever, Ireland needs its daydreams: make this a reality – vote the DPI in the 2016 general election!


I wrote this as part of a project I was doing last Autumn (we had to write a Manifesto), and it seems fitting to resurrect it today, as an election is called in Ireland. It was inspired (if that’s the correct word) by the great Neil Gaiman.

He made a speech a couple of years ago in support of libraries and daydreaming, and it really hit a nerve. Here’s the link if you’re interested. You should be. Here’s a quote from it, below. He’s the bees knees, is our Neil.

“We all – adults and children, writers and readers – have an obligation to daydream. We have an obligation to imagine. It is easy to pretend that nobody can change anything, that we are in a world in which society is huge and the individual is less than nothing: an atom in a wall, a grain of rice in a rice field. But the truth is, individuals change their world over and over, individuals make the future, and they do it by imagining that things can be different.”

Is Féidir Linn. Yes We Can.


Novelist, short story writer, essayist, sports writer. Crime novel: Whatever it Takes due out 31 July 2020. The First Sunday in September, debut novel, published in 2018. Mercier Press, Stinging Fly, Irish Examiner, Irish Times,, Holly Bough, Honest Ulsterman, Quarryman, Silver Apples.

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