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Election hammering was always on the cards


Eamon Gilmore. Photo: Tom Burke

Eamon Gilmore. Photo: Tom Burke

Eamon Gilmore. Photo: Tom Burke

I PREDICTED last week that the Coalition would pay the price in the European and local elections.

The voting public, angry and dismayed at the long litany of broken promises, would turn out in force to show their disgust and anger, I stated.

They have. I am no prophet but it was as obvious as the noses on our faces that the Government - and Eamon Gilmore’s Labour in particular - were going to take an unmerciful hammering.

This is an extraordinary turnaround for a government that came into power nearly three years ago on a wave of popularity.

Most of us were pragmatic enough three years ago to realise that the incoming coalition had inherited a broken and ruined economy.

We knew a hard road lay ahead with years of misery staring us in the face, mass unemployment and emigration and hardship.

We were prepared to accept austerity measures and a disastrous fall in our standard of living.

But we could not believe that this Government would behave in such an arrogant manner as we slowly turned the corner.

We could not and have not accepted the merciless onslaught on the most vulnerable of our citizens, on the old, the sick and the disabled.

To me and to many people the straw that finally broke the camel’s back was the ongoing removal or review of medical cards from many in dire need of them.

This policy was cruel and inhumane.

I’m glad the coalition paid the price for implementing it.