I have voted FG in every election since 1997 and been an active member 2004-2011. That involved a mixture of canvassing and leaflet dropping. My main motivation was to oust FF and a general high regard for one Particular FG TD and for past leaders (Bruton/Fitzgerald/Dukes). I also foolishly believed the Social Democratic wing of FG was still alive after Garret
But Now I quit and walk away for a number of reasons
1) The failure to bring real political reform.ie a list system (even partial) the removal of TDS from Constituencies once they become Ministers. I do applaud the abolition of the seanad but will believe it when I see it. The Constitutional Convention is a waste of time/money. Gay marriage and the Presidential Term ??! Thats it?
2) The failure to get a deal on Bank Debt. I was willing to suspend my cynicism about the softly softly behind the scenes approach for a year but here we are 18 months on with nothing and even if a deal happens, it will only be a paltry offer at best. As Stephen Donnelly pointed out ,there is no link between the IMF deal and this immoral appeasement of German Banks.
3)The Anti public sector strain in FG that avoids real meaningful discussion but instead just issues vague condemnation of the public sector. Incessant moaning. A lot of the time its simply playing to the Gallery and its demoralising for those of us that have offered huge changes in productivity. I didnt appreciate Quinn unilaterally announcing JC reform without making sure training was in place. It will be a disaster but I didnt see FG provide any credible criticism.
Anyway ULA? Labour. Not sure.