Fianna Fáil: The Republican Party | Fianna Fáil
1I have not heard any FF leader since Reynolds speak about unity other than the lipservice Ahern and Cowen do at Arbour Hill/Bodenstown. With the state of the economy in the South and over reliance on Public Sector in the North, unity is miles away.. Fianna Fáil is a National Movement. Its aims are:-
(i) To secure in peace and agreement the unity of Ireland and its people.
Living language of the People? It is not even a living language in large parts of the subsidised Gaeltacht areas.(ii) To develop a distinctive national life in accordance with the diverse traditions and ideals of the Irish people as part of a broader European culture, and to restore and promote the Irish language as a living language of the people.
Distinctive national life? Our High streets are like any British one, out TVs are full of US programmes. The only distinctive culture we have is our glorified drinking culture anmd we are killing that off.
Broader European culture? Very few citizens can speak a European language (juts like other Anglophones).
720,000 in relative poverty, unequal health and education while subsidising private eduation and Third level. Gay or divorced teachers could lawfully be sacked (the unions would prevent it in practice). Travellers, foreignors, and the poor are not treated equally. The Angelus is still on National TV, the Dail starts with prayers and religions have far to much influence still.(iii) To guarantee religious and civil liberty, and equal rights, equal treatment and equal opportunities for all the people of Ireland.
Where do you begin with this one? NAMA, boom/bust economics, selling gas resources for a song, the loss of fish stocks to Europeam, over dependence on US multinationals.(iv) To develop the resources and wealth of Ireland to their full potential, while making them subservient to the needs and welfare of all the people of Ireland, so as to provide the maximum sustainable employment, based on fostering a spirit of enterprise and self-reliance and on social partnership.
We are driving farmers off the land by not letting them a decent price for decent produce. At the same time we pay farmers not to farm. As for the environment - itr would helpo if we enforced the EU regulations/directives which have passsed.(v) To protect the natural environment and heritage of Ireland and to ensure a balance between town and country and between the regions, and to maintain as many families as practicable on the land.
Tax indivisualisiation? The long delay in recognising non-marital families? The example set by our leaders for social responsonsibility.(vi) To promote the family, and a wider sense of social responsibility, and to uphold the rule of law in the interest of the welfare and safety of the public.
(No mention of neutraility just independence.vii) To maintain the status of Ireland as a sovereign State, as a full member of the European Union and the United Nations, contributing to peace, disarmament and development on the basis of Ireland’s independent foreign policy tradition.
Sovereign state? Surely Lisbon ends us a Sobvereign state (more QMVs and low voting weight)
Nearly all public sector workers are permanent and pensionable. Only 16 have been summarily dismissed in 4 years. FAS, Dail Eireann itself and the HSE are hardly shining examples of reform or efficiency.(viii) To reform the laws and institutions of State, to make them efficient, humane, caring and responsive to the needs of the citizen.
There are many anti-FF threads (and I started some of them), but can any self-respecting Fianna Failer defend their Party's record when set against its own aims?