Area man calls on Fianna Fáil to reform. March 31, 2011Posted by WorldbyStorm in Irish Politics.
Read the Irish Times yesterday and you will be presented with the following proscriptions for the Fianna Fáil party…
Fianna Fáil needs urgent organisational reform and must prove itself as a competent Opposition,
It was a bad situation and no mistake in the last government.
“An atmosphere of permanent crisis and controversies pervaded Government Buildings throughout the term of the last government,”
“The air of crisis in Government Buildings became worse when Brian Cowen became taoiseach in May 2008. Some of this was down to bad luck but a lot of it was self-inflicted damage,”
And that was a mistake because…
Mr Cowen’s elevation was premature: “The plan had been that [Bertie] Ahern would lead Fianna Fáil into the 2009 local elections and take the rap for the bad result by retiring.
“But the personal finances issue didn’t go away and Ahern was rushed off stage prematurely, leaving Cowen with little time to prepare for becoming taoiseach.”
And then there’s a list of right of centre gripes…
..opposition leader, Enda Kenny “caught the mood” by calling for a cut in TDs’ and ministerial pay, and outraged his own Senators by calling for the abolition of the chamber.
He says that “despite the criticism thrown at Kenny at the time, now nearly everyone is in favour of getting rid of the Senate”.
Except precious few can say why precisely. That’s the problem with ‘moods’.
The social partnership process also damaged the party in government, with “compulsory” membership on State boards and agencies for the social partners.
“In many of the departments where I served, senior civil servants were . . . fearful of taking a decision in case it might be received badly by the social partner nominees on these quangos,” he writes.
Yeah, that social partnership and those social partners… The government, unions and – er – employers organisations.
So, who is this man of mystery? Who is it who has seen all this, been close to the centres of power, and yet whose clear-headed forensic analysis was clearly not listened to during the past thirteen or so years.
Why step forward…
…former minister of state for science and technology, Conor Lenihan.