Monday 5 December 2016

Fianna Fáil can’t blame other parties for its own mistakes

Published 30/07/2015 | 02:30

FF’s Micheál Martin can’t shift blame
FF’s Micheál Martin can’t shift blame

What Shane Coleman in his article ('FF should take swipe at Government glass jaw' (Irish Independent, July 25) does not get, is that there is a new doctrine being perpetrated here by Fianna Fáil and some of their media supporters that an opposition is to blame for actions of government.

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It's the government, stupid, not the opposition that are to blame for government decisions. Fianna Fáil took the praise, Bertie was a great success, we were the envy of the world. Now when it all goes pear-shaped, suddenly the opposition are brought into the frame. Oppositions have to win elections, and are to be judged on what they do then.

Recall Fianna Fáil in 1987 with slogans, 'Health cuts hurt the old, the sick and handicapped' and when they went into government, Fianna Fáil cut health to the bone. Fianna Fáil opposed the Anglo Irish Agreement of 1985, CJ Haughey even sent Brian Lenihan Snr to the US to oppose it, but he was sent packing by Irish Americans. Then lo and behold Fianna Fáil went along with it on return to power!

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