This latest report on the selling of our natural resources to help pay for the debts incurred by Fianna Fail and the ruling classes are now upon us and are imminent. The current coalition Gov are actively pursuing the sale of our Forests, one of our most valued natural resources which is essential to maintain our islands environmental eco system and habitat.
Remembering back to 2011 and the Labour Party Manifesto, there is one particularly interesting paragraph on page 60 outlining the party’s position on access to third level education. It reads, “Labour abolished third-level fees in 1995 and we are opposed to their re-introduction. We refuse to go back to the days when only the relatively wealthy could count on going to third level, or when a family could only afford to send one of their children to college”.
There is a very odd paradox to the on-going political feet-dragging about abortion in this country. On the hand, it is clear that there is a huge level of support for action; a recent Sunday Business Post poll showed that a massive 85% of the Irish electorate support legislating for abortion. And yet, on the other hand, not just since the death of Savita Halappanavar, but going as far back as the aftermath of the X-Case in 1992, there has been a large-scale effort by politicians to ignore public opinion. To ignore the Supreme Court ruling after X that demanded the government legislate. To ignore the 2010 ruling by the European Court of Human Rights that the Irish State has to legislate. And now to act as slowly as possible in the wake of the release of the Report of the Expert Group, with the ultimate intention of producing the most watered-down legislation possible, and so to put off any real conclusion of this issue for the foreseeable future.
‘When women are passionate they’re emotional but when men are passionate they’re strong.’ That’s the attitude that keeps women representation in the Dail below 20% and dissuades girls from getting involved in political affairs.
One of the most active politicians of this our era is Independent TD, Clare Daly. Despite coming under intense media scrutiny and suffering daily personal and professional swipes Daly continues to remain at the forefront of most major political hot-potatoes.