Tuesday 6 December 2016

This Government has discredited Ireland

Published 06/11/2010 | 05:00

IT has become a vital need of the Irish State to hold an election and achieve a new mandate for government that will allow the shaping of a plan that satisfies the people of this country that they have clear leadership and know where they are going.

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This is not possible under Brian Cowen, whose political credit has long since run out. Nor is it possible under Fianna Fail -- a party whose confusion is immense and whose alternative leaders have produced nothing either clear or reliable in terms of a replacement policy for the one that Cowen tried, ineffectually, to follow.

Collectively, the party, from Brian Lenihan through all members of the Government, are on a wrong course and have lost international credibility and support just as they have done domestically. In light of this, the idea of charting a way forward, even into the early months of next year, is a non-starter. As for a four-year plan, forget it. New minds and new faces are needed for that. More than that, as I have argued for many months past, a new party is needed that will provide the cutting edge that is not evident in the present Dail.

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