Monday 3 August 2015

Planting seeds for reform party

Published 18/11/2012 | 05:00

Madam – Further to John Drennan's article (Sunday Independent, November 4, 2012) on a new party committed to reform, I suggest people like Eddie Molloy, Mannix Flynn and Miriam Hederman O'Brien, plus the great Dr Ken Whitaker, should be involved.

But also needed are the army of volunteers, helpers, carers and workers who hold this country together at local and national level.

Real reform needs to become a grassroots movement, committed to giving real power back to the citizens and taxpayers of this country.

It should aim to replace a failed system of governance with an equal partnership between government and citizens.

A good place to start might be to replace a patronising view of people as needing to be "looked after" by their politicians.

The only people the politicians looked after are themselves and their cronies.

A real reform movement can make Ireland what it should be – a fair and dynamic society.

The era of ego politics is drawing to an end... it's time for empathy. And legacy.

Gerry Kelly,

Rathgar, Dublin 6

Sunday Independent

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