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Shattergate

I haven't wrote a piece on here with a number of months for a few different reasons, but what better reason to come back and commence writing again, than to express my absolute outrage at the carry on of Alan Shatter and the boys brigade in Fine Gael over the past number of days.

Unless you live under a rock, you will have heard by now, of Alan Shatters gross abuse of power, whilst being interviewed on national TV. I am not going to express my anger anymore, than I already have, at this abuse of power and the slippery slope it puts politics and the policing of this nation on. It shines a further spotlight on how the police force and politics of this country is at best, being mismanaged, but at worst succumbing to corruption at even the highest level. It honestly does send shivers down my spine but that's not what this piece is about so I will desist going on a rant.

What I find to be an even more worrying aspect of the last few days debacle, is Alan Shatters and Fine Gaels response to this outrageous abuse of power. Yesterday evening, as I watched the Dail session live, where Alan Shatter was supposed to be answering questions on this whole debacle, yet another large piece of my confidence in this country and its future was eroded. I don't think it surprising that on the government side of the house, not one woman sat to back up their man, just the usual suspects of hecklers and wafflers, ready to blindly support their man, whatever the degree of severity of mismanagement he had engaged in. They didn't disappoint Much is often said of the IQ of backbenchers and how it must take a special individual to succumb to a whip day in, day out. Well people, hold the press, cause they didn't disappoint either. After the usual heckling and the token crusade by one backbencher to get one word retracted by the opposition we had the most ironic and frankly disturbing episode of the night. 

After dodging questions all evening, Alan Shatter stood up and read a private correspondence that Luke Flanagan had wrote him, much to his own amusement and to the amusement of the old mans brigade of chuckling, low IQ, backbenchers. Only an absolute idiot could not note the glaring irony of a justice minister and government party reading a private letter out loud to the public to discredit an opponent, in a session where he was supposed to be answering questions on revealing private business of an opponent in order to discredit them. What in the name of good God have we got governing us? Where is this change in the way we do politics gone to? It has taken just two years for Fine Gael and the old boys club to get more corrupt and arrogant than it took Fianna Fail fourteen years to do. I am on the verge of giving up on this country, a country I hold so dear in my heart. Enda, Alan and co, walk now for the good of our nation. Hang your heads in shame for you walk all over the dreams and aspirations us, the young generation, have for this great nation of ours. If you truly do love Ireland Fine Gael, leave it to us with ethics and morals to govern!

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  1. Although I agree totally with you Diarmaid I'm afraid you will have to convince the Irish Electorate. Last opinion poll in Sunday Business Post gave following support for status quo: FF 26% FG 23% Lab 13%. The Irish people don't have it in them to carry out a street protest. To go on strike for fairness & justice. To vote for anyone espousing any kind of social reform & Justice for Irish people. I would go so far as to predict that 60% of unemployed people will vote FF FG in the next election. We simply are our own worst enemy. Perhaps our education system is failing us as we do not seem to have a sense of grievance at the worst atrocities of our politicians. Is it the right wing ethos of the Catholic Church? I don't know the answer Diarmaid but I know our politicians won't change unless the Irish people change and become a little more caring & compassionate than now. Brilliant article though.

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  2. Hi Diarmuid, good article and enjoyed it as I have all of your posts, one piece of advice, don't leave it so long the next time! Have checked in regularly and added to my favourites, keep up the posts, very enjoyable

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  3. Hey guys, Thanks for the lovely comments.

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