Changing the habits of a lifetime thanks to Fine Gael
Published 03/03/2016 | 02:30
We all know Fianna Fáil played a large part in the ruination of our country. We have been reminded on a daily basis for the past five years by Fine Gael and Labour. This grew somewhat tiring by the end of their first year in office; irritating by the second; infuriating by the third; unacceptable by the fourth. When it continued after five years, we removed them from office.
Laughably, two of your correspondents continue with this outdated guff (Letters, March 1). One writer attributes the 'economic recovery' to Fine Gael and Labour. Clearly not understanding either the meaning or the usefulness of the term 'stability', he links it with an aspiration about halving the number of people waiting on hospital trolleys - he is seemingly unaware that these numbers have increased under Fine Gael and Labour. The second correspondent cannot understand Fianna Fáil's 'resurgence' - and puts it down to mass 'amnesia'. Both of these people, clearly, intend voting Fine Gael/Labour until the grave.
I too thought five years ago I would support Fine Gael (having done so for over 40 years) to the grave. It came in with a Government of unsurpassed numerical strength on foot of Fianna Fáil's ineptitude and its own promises. But the promises turned out to be sawdust. Was it difficult for me to change a lifetime's voting habit? No. (I still gave Fine Gael a vote; 11 candidates stood in my constituency. I gave the Fine Gael candidate number 11.)