Thursday 8 December 2016

Fear and loathing in the Dáil as Mé Féinism becomes mainstream

Gerard O'Regan

Published 16/04/2016 | 02:30

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin: ‘This is rainy Ireland. We do things differently here.’ Photo: Maxwell
Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin: ‘This is rainy Ireland. We do things differently here.’ Photo: Maxwell

On mature reflection - and despite all the bothersome stuff we have had to endure from our politicians of late - the neither here nor there election result has been good for all of us.

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It has been a reminder of the continued presence in the Dáil of a political grouping which might be dubbed the "Mé Féin'' party. It's fair to say a good whack of the Leinster House membership over the years have been enthusiastic followers of this particular ideology.

Of course, the official affiliation of these TDs is with Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael, as a go-it-alone Independent, or whatever. But looking after Number One - their own best interests - is the primary motivation for much of what the Mé Féiners say and do.

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