Leadership on view is bankrupt
Published 16/01/2011 | 05:00
IT is hard to believe, but our political leaders were once giants who built a functioning nation from the Ground Zero of a civil war and centuries of enervating colonial rule.
The impact they had on the people is best captured by a story from Social Protection Minister Eamon O Cuiv about Dev's last election where a 90-year-old woman refused a lift and walked the six miles to the polling booth as a final gesture of loyalty to the Chief.
It is a somewhat self-regarding tale, but at its close de Valera's grandson warned that if Fianna Fail ever lost its "high ideals" it would swiftly decline from "a national movement to a very ordinary party with very modest support".