John Drennan: FG ideals lost amid trappings of power
Still no sign of Kenny's 'democratic revolution' as his party embraces the politics of 'we're in', writes John Drennan
The more homespun delegates were certainly impressed by the palatial location of the first ard fheis in 15 years where Fine Gael is in power.
As they gawked at the cheap glitter of a troubled National Convention Centre which Fine Gael criticised so avidly in opposition and booked so speedily in government, one could hardly carp at the comment that "the farmers will be fierce impressed when they see this" or the chuckles of "it's grand to be in the place all Bertie's money built". After all, even dogs of the Fine Gael variety are entitled to one day where all things are "bright and beautiful".
There was more than a small element of Cecil Frances Alexander's musings about "the rich man in his castle, the poor man at his gate, God made them high or lowly, and ordered their estate" surrounding the respective states of Fine Gael and Fianna Fail this weekend.