The president of Ireland’s largest trade union has said Fine Gael on its own in government would be “a recipe for disaster”...Well if Jack O'Connor said this he is talking through his hat. Nothing unusual there. Remember the Republic of Ireland in the 1920s was all but bankrupt as a result of the War of Independence and the Civil War. The economy in 1922 WAS IN RUINS. Then the country was hit by the effects of the Wall Street Crash in 1929. Has Jack forgotten this?
Mr O’Connor said a balanced government would be a Labour-led coalition with Fine Gael...He maintained the last time Fine Gael was a single party government, as parent party Cumann na nGaedheal from 1927 to 1932, the country was condemned to 60 years of unemployment, emigration and misery..Source:Irish Examiner
So he claims does he that the Cumann na nGaedheal government of that time
was responsible for 60 years of unemployment, emigration and misery? What an idiotic comment.
This was the government that set up the Shannon Hydro Electic Scheme in 1927 at a time when the country was practically bankrupt. Patrick Hogan, the Minister for Agriculture, set up the Agricultural Credit Corporation.
That government oversaw the development the Carlow sugar beet factory. It established an unarmed police force. it restored law and order.
O'Connor's IGNORANCE of the problems faced by that government is astounding. It is time for Jack O'Connor to go back to school and learn Irish history.
Incidentally Jack O 'Connor was happy to go along with the policies pursued by Bertie Ahern. Indeed I always considered Jack to be closer in thinking to FF than to the Labour Party.Remember Social Partnership. Jack should stop misrepresenting historical events. It will take this country 20 years to recover. What solutions is he offering? If the economy is to survive we can do without wimps in power. We need milk and watery government like a hole in the head.
The incoming government will in all probability require a STRUCTURED DEFAULT. This I forecast will happen in about two years unless the IMF/EU see sense quickly. It is time for people such as EU Commissioner Olli Rehn to wake up and smell the coffey. The situation is almost irredeemable. It will take a courageous government all its time to even keep the country afloat. Otherwise we will go under.
If the parties in the Dail AND the Trade Unions outside fail to pull together after the election the economy will fully implode.
So Jack stop the sermonising and moralising. Accept the democratic will of the Irish people (whatever it is). Nobody owes us a living. We either swim together, or sink separately. The days of the old war cries are over.