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Double-talk has no place in our future

Our problem is not failing to engage in politics, but taking our eye off the ball, writes Louis Jacob

Published 10/07/2011 | 05:00

'WE The Citizens' is redundant due to lack of mandate. The Prime Time debate on RTE last Monday regarding the We The Citizens movement was a fascinating one, but more questions were asked than answered and I'm not convinced the movement has any real value. On the contrary, I think it could conceivably lead to even more cynicism from the electorate.

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Just for the record, I don't question the moral motivation. I think it's a commendable idea that people would want to get more involved in the national discourse. I have huge admiration for the movement's chairperson, Senator Fiach Mac Conghail, who has done wonders for the arts in Ireland. He is an idealist, and

an earnest one. And I believe Irish Independent political editor Fionnan Sheahan was spot-on to point out on Prime Time that, while he found the movement slightly redundant, in no way did he consider these people to be "cranks".

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