Sunday 24 September 2017

Give us good governance - not self-serving talk

Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin. Pic: Mark Condren
Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin. Pic: Mark Condren
Editorial

Editorial

Figures leap in and out, there is much tick-tocking; time disappears, but nothing to show for it: Welcome to the cuckoo-clock politics of the 32nd Dáil. On February 25 the electorate voted. They gave our politicians a dose of the truth; whether or not they like its taste is of no import. They have a duty to swallow hard and get on with the job of forming a government.

Fianna Fáil is prancing about like a sulky bride who will not have her virtue sullied or her dowry squandered on a bunch of boorish unworthies. Having being hoist by its own petard, Fine Gael appears to be still in deep shell-shock. Instead of being a repository of leadership and good governance as might befit the parliament of a nation celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Rising, the Dáil has sunk into a trough of depression and despond.

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin, who still seems to be intoxicated by the perfume of his own success, was out yesterday decrying the fact that "there is a media obsession with Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil. The people have voted a different kind of Dáil in." No, Mr Martin, there is no media obsession. If you are too insensible to heed what the voters have decreed, we will spell it out for you.

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