All Ireland Sinn Fein

Letter in today’s Irish Times.

Interesting consequence of the elections.

A chara,

So Matt Carthy has completed Sinn Féin’s remarkable quadruple – a seat in each of Ireland’s European constituencies.

For the first time, every person in Ireland is represented by an elected member from the same party – every single one of us, from Antrim to Kerry, has a Sinn Féin MEP.

I imagine this fact will cheer some more than others, but it should please the almost half a million voters who gave Sinn Féin their first preference – over 100,000 more than any other party.

Is mise,
Daire Mag Cuill,
Baile Átha Cliath 7.

Sinn Fein: Will they cooperate with the corrupt political/administrative system?

It is now almost certain that Sinn Fein will be part of the next government and that means – decision time.

Will they accept power and cooperate with our corrupt political/administrative system?

Labour in 1992, the Progressive Democrats, the Green Party and Labour again in 2011 all decided to cooperate with the corrupt system in order to reap the benefits of power rather than challenge the rotten system for the good of Ireland and its people.

I hope Sinn Fein resist the temptation but I fear they will not.

Big bad Sinn Fein

According to Bertie Ahern admirer, Jody Corcoran, Fianna Fail, Fine Gael and Labour need to act quickly to ensure ‘extreme’ parties like Sinn Fein are kept out of power.

Micheal Martin really needs to act firmly if Fianna Fail is not to be be usurped from without and within; Fine Gael and Labour need to assist in this regard.

This is despite the fact that Fianna Fail, enthusiastically supported by Michael Martin, is principally responsible for the destruction of our country.

Ceann Comhairle abuses Dail privilege?

Ceann Comhairle Sean Barrett became very angry with Sinn Fein TD Pearse Doherty when he made allegations about the new Secretary General at the Department of Finance, Mr. John Moran (RTE News).

Will you resume your seat or you’ll be taking a walk. Will you please resume your seat? You’re not making allegations in this house, leave the house deputy.

You’re not making allegations in this house?

I was always under the impression that Dail privilege was extended to politicians precisely so that they could raise issues and make allegations in the public interest without having to worry about being hauled into a court of law.

O Snodaigh scandal confirms Sinn Fein as just another party operating within a corrupt political/administrative system

The abuse of public funds by Sinn Fein’s Aengus O Snodaigh to the tune of €50,000 is no big deal financially speaking.

Politicians have been plundering public funds for decades and that situation is unlikely to change until the corrupt political/administrative system is totally dismantled.

The incident is important, however, in that it confirms that Sinn Fein is not the radical party it has always claimed to be.

The reaction by Gerry Adams, Mary Lou McDonald and O Snodaigh himself places their party firmly within the main stream body politic sphere of get what you can out of the system while the going is good.

It was excessive but, we’re told, he broke no law, he did nothing wrong.

These words have confirmed (and condemned) Sinn Fein as a fully signed up member of an irredeemably corrupt political/administrative system.

If Sinn Fein was the radical party they have always claimed to be they would never even have engaged with the rotten system in the first place. If they were truly revolutionary they would have refused to take their Dail seats.

Instead, they would have stood outside the gates of Dail Eireann, with the people, and stayed there until the disease of corruption had been excised from the body politic.

This incident, and the reaction to it, also puts paid to any hope that the party might reform the rotten system from the inside.

It’s doubtful that Sinn Fein, in common with all other parties, is even aware of how corrupt the political/administrative system really is.

Sinn Fein’s rising popularity in recent years, I believe, is a desperate plea from ordinary Irish citizens for real accountability and transparency from a courageous and visionary political party.

This incident and the cynical/dishonest reaction to it have dashed any hopes that Sinn Fein is the party with the courage and vision to root out the disease of corruption from Irish public life.

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Irish Times

Sir,

I used to wonder what exactly Ireland Inc referred to. At least now I know that it’s something Aengus Ó Snodaigh uses a lot of (Breaking News, February 28th).

Yours, etc,
PAUL MURPHY,
Griffith Avenue, Dublin 9.

Sir,

The Armalite and the Cartridge?

Yours, etc,

ROBIN HARTE,
Strawberry Beds, Dublin 20.

Sir,

Given the Sinn Féin deputy’s profligate use of colour ink, it’s no wonder the country’s in the red.

Yours, etc,

Des Doris

Trafalgar Lane,
Monkstown, Co Dublin.