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We're responsible for choosing FF's 'moonshine politics'

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Bertie Ahern's
favourite pub –
Fagans in
Drumcondra.

Bertie Ahern's favourite pub – Fagans in Drumcondra.

Bertie Ahern's favourite pub – Fagans in Drumcondra.

The acquittal this week of two barmen on a charge of man-slaughter provides a stark latter-day parable for a people dazed by the labyrinthine analysis of our financial meltdown.

In the case, the judge determined the supervening event that led to the misfort-unate death was the decision of the deceased to consume a large volume of alcohol. Does any of this register a 'closing time' bell for people convinced that we are the victims of an EU conspiracy?

There is a case to be made for suggesting alcohol producers, bars, hotels and off-licences do, in one sense, contribute to the misery of some. There is a more sober view, however, that personal responsibility is king.

The simple reality is we as a plebiscite are in denial about our collective responsibility for the state we are in.

I would venture to suggest that the costliest mistake ever to afflict this nation was the third Home Rule Act of 1914. Quite simply, we are not able to self-govern. Fianna Fail, the de-facto party of government for far too long, has always operated a reactionary and subversive attitude to this 'free' state.

Fianna Fail's 'moonshine politics' became the tipple of choice for many. We all know the ingredients for Fianna Fail hooch; pretend to act for the nation, but, in reality, undermine every law if it gets in the way of getting 'langered'. And by God did we get langered.

But I cannot blame the manufacturers of moonshine politics anymore; they were just out to make a few quid. Equally, I suggest that everyone examine their relationship with moon-shine politics and get right with Jesus, common sense, maturity, or a bit of perspective -- just take some personal responsibility.

Declan Doyle
Co Kilkenny

Irish Independent