Sunday 21 January 2018

Johnny Fallon: SF protests too much and FF firing blanks ... the sad state of Irish politics

Fianna Fail Senator Averil Power
Fianna Fail Senator Averil Power

IRISH politics is in a sorry state. It lacks drive, enthusiasm, leadership and genuine passion. It has become a game that is played by those involved with the object of lasting as long as possible and scoring some cheap points at someone else’s expense. It contains about as much conviction as a cat dipping its paw in a pool of water.

In a country where the government has such an overwhelming majority one would hope that what remains of the opposition could find ways of proving alternatives and holding the government to account. Sadly it doesn’t appear so. Fianna Fail, the largest opposition party, is still lacking a coherent strategy and still badly lacking personalities.

Two of its best media performers actually come from its senate ranks, Averil Power and Tomas Byrne. Micheál Martin reshuffled his front bench recently and it was hardly noticed, that is how far FF has fallen. A country needs an opposition. however. and Fianna Fail still possesses the largest organisation of any party around the country as evidenced by the numbers attending recent party conferences. But with a mere 20 TDs, FF cannot afford passengers and right now it has far too many passengers.

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