The west is awake… February 24, 2011Posted by WorldbyStorm in Economy, Irish Politics.
I’m indebted to Pidge for the following from the Western People. Check out the full article, but for some choice examples, well, read on…
We will never again have the chance to elect a Mayo Taoiseach
WE have entered the final days of a general election campaign that looks set to give Co Mayo its first homegrown Taoiseach.
Enda Kenny’s surge in the weekend opinion polls has made him the clear favourite to succeed Brian Cowen as the country’s new Taoiseach. The Islandeady native has run a hugely impressive election campaign and even sectors of the national media that had previously been hostile to him have had to concede that he is now the obvious candidate for Taoiseach.
Setting political allegiances to one side is always a difficult thing to do in the final days of an election campaign.
However, even the most vocal opponents of Fine Gael must agree that voters in Co Mayo are being presented with an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity of electing a Taoiseach from the county. We will never again live through a week like this because the confluence of unique circumstances that have brought Enda Kenny to his current position are truly inimitable. Whether by accident or design, Mayo people now find themselves staring history in the face as one of their own enters the home straight in the race for Taoiseach.
Don’t forget Dublin…
The dominance of the Dublin-based national media means that it is becoming increasingly difficult for politicians who reside ‘beyond the Pale’ to reach the highest office in the land. Not since the foundation of the State has there been a Taoiseach from a constituency in either Connacht or Ulster, and the lack of investment in both provinces is a stark reminder of its exclusion from the centre of power.
However, we believe it would be utterly remiss of us to gloss over the obvious benefits to this county should Enda Kenny assume leadership of our country.
And there’s more…
Mayo badly needs an economic lift at the moment, and the single act of electing a Taoiseach with a strong mandate will be the equivalent of several multi-nationals locating in the county.
The economic benefits will be enormous, notwithstanding the financial constraints under which the new government will operate.
But it is almost impossible to look past Fine Gael in this general election in Co Mayo. The party is at an historic high in the polls nationally and the ‘Taoiseach factor’ will undoubtedly dominate the intentions of voters in Mayo.
The West of Ireland has long been paid little more than lip service by a Dublin-centred political elite. We have an opportunity to change all that on Friday next. It’s a precious opportunity that won’t come around again.
Not in the business of telling people how to vote – eh?