Tuesday 12 December 2017

Faultlines at the root of FG spat

Sir -- The faultlines in Irish politics run deeper than John Drennan's analysis of a "new divide between Dublin along with a whole swathe of commuter counties . . . and the rest" (Sunday Independent, June 20). They are more profound than the Civil War party divisions and are at the root of the recent spat in Fine Gael between the Kenny and Bruton 'factions'.

The faultlines go right back to the 17th Century when the Confederation of Kilkenny failed to unite the Gaelic lords (mainly from Ulster) with the more sophisticated Old English elites to face the threat of the New English settlers of the reformed religion.

What we have now in Irish politics is a 'two-nation' divide; between east coast and west coast, between the relics of auld decency and Oxbridge post-graduates, between paternalism and meritocracy and between members of the same political party.

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