Monday 11 December 2017

Eilis O'Hanlon: We have made a decision -- we are all Fianna Fail now!

Those who voted 'Yes' have followed the same path we demonised Fianna Fail for mapping out, says Eilis O'Hanlon

Eilis O'Hanlon

Sorry, Fianna Fail. That's the message which really needs to go out after the EU referendum result. Sorry, two Brians, while we're at it.

For years, we've blamed Cowen and Lenihan and their fellow Soldiers of Destiny for trapping the country in a fiscal straitjacket, first with the 2008 bank guarantee, then by agreeing to an EU/IMF bailout on the most unfavourable of terms only weeks before crawling from office in shame.

Now we've apparently decided that they were right all along. Given the first opportunity to vote directly on Ireland's relationship with Europe since the bank debt hit the fan, half of us couldn't be bothered voting at all, and, of those who did make the effort, six out of 10 decided that, yes, it was best to carry on with what Fianna Fail had set in train and Fine Gael/Labour continued to enforce so dutifully afterwards.

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