It is said that “bad governments get elected when good people don’t vote” and while it is a clever phrase, it is also 100 percent correct. You see, the way our so-called democracy works is that the majority of elected representatives, supposedly representing the majority of citizens, get to dictate the direction and policies of Parliament, whether that is in Dublin or in Strasbourg. And while this is a lovely little theory, there is one rather large fly in the ointment……. […]
“…We need a Constitution that will protect our children and guide the courts to make decisions that keep families together and that are in the child’s best interests. I know the people of West Cork would welcome the opportunity to say ‘yes, we value childhood’ and ‘yes, Ireland values all children and their rights’.” Labour Deputy Micheal McCarthy, Cork Nov 2011
In one sense, it would be hard for anyone to disagree with the sentiment expressed by Labour Deputy Michael McCarthy back in November 2011, prior to the referendum. However a lone parent who is the mother of an autistic boy last week attempted to highlight her dissatisfaction with the proposed cuts to the Carer’s allowance certainly didn’t feel the love when she went to Deputy McCarthy’s constituency office in Dunmanway last week.
The following post is a letter I have just sent to Minister for Foreign Affairs, Eamon Gilmore (and to all members of An Dail and Seanad Eireann) pleading for real action on the genocide presently taking place in Gaza. To paraphrase the old but accurate quote, evil can only prevail when good people do nothing.
Please please send your own email (or the one pre-written) to all TD’s and Senators and let them know that you are horrified by the continued inaction of government, with just one click, using the link below.
I submitted this article to the Sunday Independent but they couldn’t make space for it. It was written two weeks ago.
The Irish League of Credit Unions recently released their quarterly “What’s Left?” report. It deals with how people throughout the Country are managing financially and the figures up to June are not just frightening they are a damning indictment on the failure of our Government to run OUR Country.
Just to give you an idea of just how bad the Government’s policy of protecting the banks has been for the average adult, nearly one in every two (47%) are late paying at least one bill a month, one in every three adults have between zero and seventy Euros left after paying their bills and a heartbreaking two hundred and eighty thousand people stated that their income does not even cover bills like their mortgage and electricity….. […]