Tuesday 23 January 2018

Bruce Arnold: I still believe in you, Enda, but on this issue you are lost

We have known each other since you first entered the Dail in 1975 in a by-election. This followed the death of your father, a friendly man who had been a junior minister in Liam Cosgrave's 1973-77 administration. I have written often about your career, most notably the last election where I spotted early on that the strategy you followed derived in part from Jack Lynch's highly successful 1977 campaign. I supported your campaign, believing in the removal of Fianna Fail from the power they had abused.

As recently as last Friday came a revelation about how misguided and inept the party's handling of the economy was. The 'Evening Herald' carried an astonishing admission from the Fianna Fail leader, Micheal Martin, that the disastrous bank guarantee of September 2008 had been "for the euro".

He admitted we had put ourselves into debts, now running upwards beyond €60bn, for the sake of the eurozone countries and doing so without guarantee of recompense.

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