Saturday, February 27, 2010

Ireland: Jim McDaid TD- FF defeat in a 2010 Election would ensure a return to power for the 1916 Centenary Celebrations

In recent days Donegal North East TD Jim McDaid has once more stepped into the limelight. He has of course differences with the Taoiseach Brian Cowen and has been critical of the handling of the economy by the government. He believes that a Cabinet reshuffle is overdue. Speaking to Lunchtime on Newstalk on Thursday , Deputy McDaid also slammed Fianna Fail’s handling of Willie O’Dea’s resignation as Defence Minister. He no longer holds the FF party whip but nevertheless votes with the government.

Interestingly the interview with Eamonn Keane- is particularly noticeable for comments made by Mr McDaid in relation to the timing of a general election. He is convinced that government will collapse in 2010. He reiterated this on Tubridy Tonight on RTE . He expects that FF will lose such a possible election. On Newstalk he fleshed out his reasoning. As far as Mr McDaid is concerned such a defeat for FF is to be welcomed. However he anticipates that this will be hugely beneficial for FF in the long run. He is convinced that a severely weakened FF would be inimical to the interests of the country. He assumes that a coalition of FG/ Labour will be unable to tackle the economic crisis and that FF will return stronger than ever. He assumes that if the FF/Green government survives to 2012 that an FF wipeout will occur. He is troubled by the prospect of an FG/Labour government being in power for the centenary celebrations of the 1916 Rising. As far as he is concerned the government should dissolve or fall in 2010 so as to ensure an FF return to power in time for the 2016 celebrations. No wonder the general public is cynical.

As far as he is concerned FF ownership of the celebrations is more important than the economic well being of the country.
If FF and the Greens cut and run now they face wipeout. This would smack of cowardice and be an admission that FF is unable to handle the economic crisis.

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