In the normal course of events Brian Cowen, who has just turned 60, might well have been a formidable candidate in last Saturday’s election. It was not to be. He, like so many of his peers, called time on his political career almost a decade ago.
Putting aside angels-on-a-pinhead arguments about the actual year in which a decade expires and a new one commences — is it January 1, 2020, or 12 months on in 2021 and, anyway, who really cares? — what we hope will be the peace and quiet of St Stephen’s Day brings an opportunity to reflect not only on the country’s 2019 but also on aspects of the Dáil’s less-than-adequate performance since 2010.
Earlier this week, President Michael D Higgins launched a justified attack on neoliberal market fundamentalism, pointing out that the philosophy has led to “unbridled consumption, yawning inequality”, and the destruction of our natural world.
Irish Red Cross chairman and former Fianna Fáil minister Pat Carey has expressed his satisfaction with the Director of Public Prosecutions’ decision that he will not face prosecution in respect of abuse allegations widely publicised in 2015.
Super Junior Minister Finian McGrath says he would be willing to enter government with Sinn Féin or Fianna Fáil after the next general election and hammer out a deal if necessary to get his policies implemented.