Tuesday 21 November 2017

Leadership on view is bankrupt

IT is hard to believe, but our political leaders were once giants who built a functioning nation from the Ground Zero of a civil war and centuries of enervating colonial rule.

The impact they had on the people is best captured by a story from Social Protection Minister Eamon O Cuiv about Dev's last election where a 90-year-old woman refused a lift and walked the six miles to the polling booth as a final gesture of loyalty to the Chief.

It is a somewhat self-regarding tale, but at its close de Valera's grandson warned that if Fianna Fail ever lost its "high ideals" it would swiftly decline from "a national movement to a very ordinary party with very modest support".

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