By Anthony Sheridan
Green Party TD Catherine Martin is unfit to represent the people of Ireland. On Thursday 2 September she cashed in her political integrity when RTEs Claire Byrne asked her how she felt about the abuse of Cabinet confidentiality.
I think that’s an internal matter for Fine Gael.
This is a lie because Ms. Martin knows that breaching Cabinet confidentiality is a criminal act and that she, as a cabinet minister, is not only obliged to acknowledge the crime but to act on that knowledge.
By failing to act Ms. Martin has tainted the seal of office bestowed on her by the people of Ireland and thrown in her lot with the cabal of political shysters who have inflicted so much damage on Ireland over the decades.
Whenever an individual or party decides to enter government in Ireland they must make a choice. Challenge and expose the rot eating away at the core of the state or abandon all principles and collaborate with those who have no regard for democracy or the interests of the country.
Clearly, Ms Martin has chosen the latter. It’s likely that her motives are based on the genuine but naïve belief that the end justifies the means. That the implementation of her party’s political agenda is worth the abandonment of her political principles – if so, she is seriously wrong in that belief.
Ireland is not a normal democratic state. The disease of political corruption has polluted the administration of the state to such an extent that all who associate themselves with the diseased become diseased themselves.
This disease must first be eradicated before our country has any hope of becoming a healthy democracy. For that to happen good people must deploy the weapons of courage and principle against the political shysters.
Ms. Martin’s failure to do so will see the people remove her and her party from power at the first opportunity.
Copy to Catherine Martin
Relevant section of interview with Minister Martin.
Claire Byrne: How do you feel about Cabinet confidentiality being abused?
Catherine Martin: I think that’s an internal matter for Fine Gael.
Byrne: But it’s not just a matter for one party, it’s a very serious matter for government.
Martin: And that’s why I’m saying I’m not happy with the process. I hope lessons are learned and transparency is put in place.
Byrne: But when it comes to the leak, that’s a criminal offence?
Martin: That’s an issue for, you know, that is absolutely unacceptable that leaks would happen like that but it’s up to that individual…interrupted.
Byrne: No, it’s not, it’s a really serious matter for government, it’s a really serious matter for the entire cabinet and a really serious matter for you as a member of that cabinet.
Martin: It is and it’s a really unnecessary distraction from… blah, blah, blah…