Tuesday 17 October 2017

Micheál Martin's pious reassurances his party is repentant are an insincere sham

'Micheál Martin’s pious reassurances that his party were repentant and reformed, having learned from their ‘mistakes’, were shown to be a sham, utterly insincere.' Photo: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
'Micheál Martin’s pious reassurances that his party were repentant and reformed, having learned from their ‘mistakes’, were shown to be a sham, utterly insincere.' Photo: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Eddie Molloy

In 1977, my mother's friend - let's call her Mrs Malone - had accumulated the £156 that she would need shortly to pay her annual housing rates.

In her 60s and getting by on a meagre garda widow's pension, she saved up this money every year by depositing every six-penny piece that came her way into a large glass jar.

Then, just as payment was due, Fianna Fáil promised to abolish house rates and car tax as sweeteners aimed at winning the impending general election.

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