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Meet the new boss ... printable version
27 Feb 2011: posted by the editor - Opinion, Ireland, Irish political
With the ousting of Fianna Fail, the political party that dominated government in Ireland for the past 30 years, and the election of Fine Gael, the song by The Who comes to mind: "Meet the new boss - same as the old boss...".
The ante-election blogs and commentaries are peppered with opinions pointing out that Fianna Fail and Fine Gael are both staunch parties of the old school, with very little difference between them other than consituency seat numbers. Both pay homage to corporate power and finance.
But what remains to be seen is will Ireland be fooled again? Fine Gael leader and Taoiseach to be Enda Kenny has promised to discuss the IMF/EU loan to Ireland with a view to renogotiating what is effectively an impossible financial burden on the Irish state and its people. Will the EU look towards real help for the country of Ireland and its people or will it continue to play the role of supporting the Euro, an action that in reality is akin to attempting to build a house on quicksand with intangible roads leading in an out?
And in Ireland itself, will those who helped bring a nation to its financial knees be made to pay the penalty, or will they continue to receive brown envelopes stuffed with cash while those who had nothing to do with Ireland's demise continue to be penalised?
We can only wait and see. But one thing is clear–the people of Ireland should no longer tolerate any government in power whose ears are turned away from their collective voice.
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