Thursday 8 December 2016

Our political parties are still trapped in the past

Published 02/03/2016 | 02:30

Gerry Adams, Enda Kenny, Micheál Martin and Joan Burton before the last leaders’ debate ahead of the General Election on RTE’s Prime Time. Photo credit: Tony Maxwell/PA Wire
Gerry Adams, Enda Kenny, Micheál Martin and Joan Burton before the last leaders’ debate ahead of the General Election on RTE’s Prime Time. Photo credit: Tony Maxwell/PA Wire

I find it extraordinary that, in a relatively small country like ours, the irrelevant differences between Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael are on the way to being a stumbling block to the fulfilment of the wishes of the electorate.

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The antipathies that define their differences are more related to historical and tribal thinking than to any significant differences in policy or practice.

Sinn Féin seems to be relatively more sensitive to the importance of ministering to the poor and the marginalised; in this respect, providing the only credible alternative to the other parties.

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