Whilst we’ve looked at the way politicians approach decision making, it’s thought timely to examine that much loved word democracy. We discover here what it’s capable of and what ‘it’ can’t possibly achieve. Also how the word is often hijacked, how we exercise our own choices and sometimes why things are just the way they are. For many it’s a word that signifies the attainment of the purest ideals of intelligent liberal thinking. Evoking such passions as equality, self-determination, freedom of expression, and that nice cosy warm group hug feeling you get having achieving a consensus “Kumby-ya” and all that. Yet, would you believe, having reached out in all earnest for such ideals that indeed the polar opposite could creep back and give you a Continue reading
Co-author to the Sli Nios Fearr Citizen’s Charter, Keiron Fletcher provides a sharp appraisal as why some days it seems our politicians have lost the plot entirely. . Some philosophers, psychologists and sociologists conclude that individuals are born into the world as a blank slate, and then proceed to develop through a set of predefined stages which contrive to transform them into ‘complete’ human beings. As a consequence, it’s thought, as ‘complete people’ they should be capable of rationalizing, empathizing and embracing beliefs and opinions from a multitude of perspectives before making any decision. It is also considered too that an individual’s beliefs, attitudes and actions are significantly influenced by their social relationships. Over Continue reading
The seed was sown months ago in the middle of the fiscal treaty debate, amidst the fall-out surrounding house charges and the one dimensional mindset of austerity that was biting us and not the bondholders – nor the politicians come to think of it!. What’s on offer from Sli Nios Fearr- a better way, could well change our political landscape, and for the better. Spokesperson Martin Critten explains . . . It’s easy to see why successful electoral candidates look so happy when getting tossed in the air. It’s not really the start of anything ground breaking for the community or nation, moreover the retirement package has finally arrived for those wearing the biggest smiles in the room. Are we really still that gullible to keep falling for the same old cosy routine? Apparently, Continue reading
The challenge is on, Limerick to Dublin – 130 miles, 10th – 18th May. Help us make the Statement! This year we’ve added two additional days which makes it all a little easier to join in. Let’s get the message out their we want change – a change from the crippling plight felt by so many – and the unashamed arrogance of a State lacking in any real leadership – please support and sponsor our volunteers – even order a t shirt when they become available on line on this site.
Any feat of human endurance has always displayed strength, perseverance and Continue reading
We have engaged in a significant amount of groundwork in growing our Party’s Association since our foundation in July of last year. At this stage of development we decided not run a candidate in this particular by-election, despite the fact that we would dearly love to, but our enthusiasm and emotions must be tempered by both common sense and logic.
The political climate is changing in Ireland but it will still take quite a while for the effects of Continue reading
On behalf of the party I represent we are formally lodging this complaint to your offices. A hard copy will be posted today. We are keen to seek clarity and discover whether there are any breaches of an ethical nature in this instance which may fall within the remit of our office. Our understanding is that such conduct as discribed may indeed fall foul of the ‘Code of Conduct for Members of Dail Eireann; namely items (1) (2) (3ii) (4i) (5) as highlighted on your website. Naturally we would all wish our public representatives to conduct themselves in a manner befitting their office. The complaint is as follows -
If ever there was a master class in the mechanics of how the State and it’s courtiers have operated on behalf of us all – then ‘The Untouchables by Shane Ross and Nick Webb is the text book to read. What’s instantly discovered from its pages is whether it will strengthen your resolve to rid us of this tangled web of incestuous cronyism once and for all, or within the next hour, find a plane ticket to a country that’s learned to legislate and control much of its excesses. You could say that for a population that would once applaud such cute ‘one up-manship’ as a mark of intelligence and manhood then the by-product is what we are experiencing now; a broken economy, a divided country and decades of impoverished servitude to come. Continue reading
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Ever wondered what it would feel like to have jumped from a plane only to find the parachute didn’t open? Or that when they were handed out (as the plane fell from the sky) you were then told that you had to go without? Welcome to Ireland my friend!
David McWilliams (the economist that warned us of the impending dangers during the Celtic Tiger years) in his latest book THE GOOD ROOM, offers us an excellent rationale of what we currently face in continuing with such austerity policies; amidst the backdrop of an apparently disinterested and worryingly incapable Eurozone. Not only does he ably sketch out the pathway that brought us to this place, but more so, he helps us face the facts that our politicians are closing their eyes to all the remedies that every day economics has used for centuries when confronted with such catastrophies. Continue reading
Oh what to do? Well “the dog on the street knows it”, and have done for decades. Even the mighty IMF, the organisation we all love to hate, knows it. It’s good mainstream economics for many with the exception of course for the ECB the plaything of our strident political elites – and of course those few begrudgers who are not related to the thousands of families who’ve had to emigrate, or are not related to one of the may families the Federation of Credit Unions tells us, has little in the way of cash after all the bills are paid ( in rearing our next batch of tax payers.) Even Mr Roosevelt, some seventy nine years ago dropped on the idea too, when faced with the great depression, that small homeowners require debt relief, just as mighty banks do; not simply offered an easier route to bankruptcy and ruin as advocated thus far. Indeed the question remains why the banks were never offered examinership in the first place. A pessimist like me would Continue reading
With the polls indicating a slight re-emergence of a possible come back for the party that brought the country to its knees; we take a brief look at the top ten reasons why the Fianna Fail party should never be trusted with the popular vote – ever again. And, why the public should be ever vigilant of the kinds of press office spin given to the ranks of the new party evangelists. Especially its leader Michael Martin, who like Bobby Ewing in Dallas, strangely woke up from a dream to fight another day unblemished from past episodes. Pat Rabbitte’s famous T.V outburst of “have you no shame” on Fianna Fail’s Pat Carey (viewed by some 130,000 on Rté) whilst very poignant, rings shallow these days; as we slowly wake-up to the realisation that all our public representatives are not apparently representing the public at all. So here we go: The
In looking back on a year comprising of the very same painful worries and concerns as to where this nation is headed, and moreover what kind of society we have in store; it brings on a kind of soul searching as to whether we will ever find a collective of people to truly represent us – the people. Enda’s election statement of ” do you want the same old tired bunch of politicians” rings so hollow these days, because nothing did really change after-all. We still have a leadership of little moral fibre, (as equally detached as the last crowd) and yet we simply allow ourselves to be led by these people time and time again. And what of the Labour Party? The apparent guardian of the working man; a party which appeared when in opposition to be so eloquently steeped in principles and so eager to uphold the moral platform! To quote the parties website, socialism is based Continue reading