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No, all is not forgiven for Fianna Fáil Government

Michael Clifford has surely done for us all now (Opinion, Dec 15).

He could at least have warned us, prepared us gently, cossetted us a little to make it through the ‘festive’ (?) season, before delivering his killer blow.

Without worthy warning he blithely clarions the ultimate death-knell dagger comment “Come back Fianna Fáil, all is forgiven”, in his recent column. Such abject defeatism is a devastation too far. What a depressing prospect for a nation under deathly duress. Sadly, Clifford’s commentary is all oh so true, but calling for re-instatement of Fianna Fáil — no matter how bad things are, we could hardly be that hard up.

Assessing the current Coalition’s crassness, Michael Clifford tries to “look at these charges in the most benign light possible”, and still they stink.

Protecting the well-off and culling the needy is an age-old philosophy of power-mongering, and FG/Labour are ‘honouring’ tradition in this regard. “Most of them are coming over the final hills of their career into the lush valley of State pensions”, Clifford concludes.

The nation must endure sub-standard ministerial quality, grossly unfair and inequitable budgetary management, vacuous politicking and self-serving bankrolling. This ensures that the boys on the gravy-train can secure their sinecure-padded pensionable incomes, replete with every expense under the sun, and every perk known to mankind.

One wouldn’t expect better from Fine Gael, those fine conservative ‘monied-mongers’ but for Gilmore, Howlin, Rabbitte and their ilk, one is shocked at their collusion.

We should be grateful to Michael Clifford for fingering some patent ‘home-truths’, but why, oh why, just before turkey time? Perhaps he’s not so fond of free-range ‘gobblers’.

Jim Cosgrove


Co Waterford


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