Health, housing, rural decline and local democracy are our challenges

Fine Gael and Labour went into government promising a democratic revolution and the electorate rejected it because they did not trust them. They then rejected Fine Gael and Labour; so be it.

Health, housing, rural decline and local democracy are our challenges

At the same time Fianna Fáil and Sinn Féin did everything they could to oppose the government without putting forward genuine workable solutions. If the shoe was on the other foot, Fine Gael and Labour would have most likely done the same.

It is hilarious to hear parties who were rejected by 80% to 90% of voters claiming victory but such is the nonsense that passes for Irish politics. Between all of them they have failed to solve our five great political problems.

These are, in no particular order, health, homelessness, poverty, rural decline and local democracy.

However, there is a way out of this mess. This new Dáil needs every member who wants to be involved, or has expertise in any one of these crucial issues, to agree a way forward together. Set up five committees to quickly decide where and how much money to spend but most importantly the structures. The legislation should be decided by free vote.

Most importantly it should be implemented against the wishes of the vested interests with the full backing of the Dáil for a change.

This would actually require every TD to contribute. It’s long past the time to get off the pot and do some work.

Barry Keane

Fine Gael member

Glendalough Park

Cork

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