Will PeadarTóibín be Morgan-ed in retribution for his revolt and ambition?
Meath West T.D. Peadar Tóibín failed to support Sinn Féin in the Dáil on the Termination of Pregnancy Bill last week, breaking the Party Whip on a Dáil Vote.
Peadar who has been a rising star in Sinn Féin, and a strong media performer must have looked to many as a future leader of Sinn Féin. Peadar just could not bring himself to allowing abortion in Ireland nor indeed what he sees as a stepping stone to abortion.
Deputy Toíbín explained to the Irish Times "We need to debate this on a secular basis. When I see religious imagery in pro-life demonstrations I think people need to move away from that."
Peadar who holds a Degree in Economics and Politics from UCD, a Postgraduate in Enterprise from the Michael Smurfit School of Business, UCD, and worked as a Management Consultant before entering the Dáil might not seem at first nor second glance, to have a lot in common with many of his other Sinn Féin Dáil colleagues.
There is every likelihood now that he will be disciplined by the Party for breaking the Whip and and the bigger offence in Sinn Féin of disobedience.
Any move to discipline him might end up with the party shooting themselves in the other foot, as a move to discipline Peadar for following his conscience, particularly on an issue which so many are in agreement with Peadar on would likely backfire.
When the dust settles it will be Peadar who will be enhanced rather than his rival Mary Lou!
The most likely future for Peadar in Sinn Féin is that he will be Morgan-ed suffering the same fate as his former very able and popular colleague, Louth's Arthur Morgan who seemed to gave up Politics to make way for an older man Gerry Adams.
I always thought it an amazing coincidence that Gerry Adams just looked South to the Republic's affairs just immediately when Arthur wanted to do something else at the end of 2010. Could Gerry have looked south first before Arthur decided to give up politics?
Could it be that Peadar's conscience might also be troubled by some of the deeds that his party colleagues carried out and supported?
Peadar was a very useful type of Candidate for Sinn Féin essentially one of the new Shinny Shinners well educated, smooth, articulate, bright, young, well versed in economics, who could project himself as being deeply empathetic, complete with a mid atlantic accent, and a Gaeilgeoir to boot.
Is there room in Sinn Féin for the new Shiny Shinners or will the old guard let go of the reins?
Arthur Morgan (Irish politician) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
SF's Tóibín accepts disciplinary action likely after absence - The Irish Times - Fri, Nov 30, 2012
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