Johnny Fallon : How keeping it in the family has done us as much good as bad
POLITICAL dynasties have produced some of the most enduring characters and personalities from Irish history. Members of these families have held key roles and been at the heart of all major decisions for generations.
The family still holds a particularly strong place in the Irish psyche. Most people seek to emulate or enhance their family name and in politics this sense is even more heightened. While some famous names have disappeared from the political map many are still instantly recognisable to even the casual observer of current affairs. Irish history has been moulded by many of these figures and there is little doubt but that their upbringing, sense of values and priorities were all influenced by the families they belonged to.
The state owes a huge debt of gratitude to the Cosgrave’s for their place in the foundation of the state and as the only dynasty bearing a father and son Taoiseach combination their place is cemented in the annals of history. Their influence of state policy and their calm, if conservative approach, had a huge impact upon the state during some precarious times.