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I refer to Niall Ryan’s letter (Dec 15) in which he argues for a vote for independent candidates in forthcoming elections.
A number of backbenchers have recently defected from major political parties and hope, because of this, they will be elected as independents in next general election. Did these people resign because of local or national interests?
Having survived the late 1930s, 1940s and 1950s, I am aware that the national interests are more important that local interests. Having survived severe poverty in those years — the 1960s were years of emancipation from depression — we had something to look forward to.
There was one independent in the Dáil in the 1960s who supported the government and was well rewarded for it. The last government had support from independents who received millions in support for their local areas. In the future do we need a government of independents who will each want to support local areas?
It takes time to recover from recession — the 1873 European recession took 22 years — the 1930s took at least 10 years and a war. Ireland will not come out of recession until the country’s revenue is controlled.
What is needed is a strong single party government, not a new party or a motley crew of independents whose only interest are in local issues. National issues must come before local interests and everyone must share the burden.
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