Monday 18 December 2017

Double-talk has no place in our future

Our problem is not failing to engage in politics, but taking our eye off the ball, writes Louis Jacob

'WE The Citizens' is redundant due to lack of mandate. The Prime Time debate on RTE last Monday regarding the We The Citizens movement was a fascinating one, but more questions were asked than answered and I'm not convinced the movement has any real value. On the contrary, I think it could conceivably lead to even more cynicism from the electorate.

Just for the record, I don't question the moral motivation. I think it's a commendable idea that people would want to get more involved in the national discourse. I have huge admiration for the movement's chairperson, Senator Fiach Mac Conghail, who has done wonders for the arts in Ireland. He is an idealist, and

an earnest one. And I believe Irish Independent political editor Fionnan Sheahan was spot-on to point out on Prime Time that, while he found the movement slightly redundant, in no way did he consider these people to be "cranks".

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