Know their CVs before you vote

MUCH as I despise the crooked cronyism within Fianna Fáil and the pathetic attempts by Brian Cowen to stall, through ignorance, stupidity or intent, investigations into the criminal activities of a golden circle within Irish banking, it is sickening to hear Sinn Féin’s Caoimhghin Ó Caolain attempt to forensically question the Taoiseach on his connections with Sean FitzPatrick.

Ó Caolain represents a party that, for years, comprised mostly leaders for the men of violence. Men and women who made life a misery for thousands of decent, ordinary, people — both Catholic and Protestant.

Too many of us have allowed ourselves to drift into the current of postmodernist republican waffle when we should be demanding straight answers from Sinn Féin on its connections with wealthy republicans. There are many examples of republican insiders who have risen phoenix-like from the ashes of the Troubles and established “legitimate” businesses throughout this country.

Mr Ó Caolain might also ask his colleagues in Sinn Féin if they can shed some light on the people who were involved in the 26 million pounds sterling that went walkabout from the Northern bank just over six years ago.

We know the IRA wasn’t involved in that massive robbery because Sinn Féin’s Gerry Adams said so, but we also know that Mr Adams was never a member of the IRA- because he said he wasn’t. At least we do know he is president of Sinn Féin — because SF says he is.

The overwhelming urge to purge the political system of self-serving hypocrites is understandable, but we must ponder carefully how we go about the task of restoring honesty and integrity in Government. Better to check carefully the CVs of parties and candidates before you commit to voting.

Niall Ginty


Dublin 5

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