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A letter from John Hanafin [FF], A letter to David Begg April 5, 2011

Posted by WorldbyStorm in Irish Politics, The Left.

Dear Mr. Begg,

As an Independent Dublin City Councillor and a workplace rep for the UNITE trade union I was surprised to receive Seanad election material from Senator John Hanafin highlighting the fact that he had received a nomination to the Labour Panel from the Irish Congress of Trade Unions.

Senator Hanafin is a member of Fianna Fail and I believe that the disastrous economic policies pursued by that party have been primarily responsible for the crisis our country is currently enduring. Those polices were in direct contrast to the stated aims of the ICTU campaign for a “Better, Fairer Way”. Fianna Fail have imposed a 10% pay cut on all public servants, including the low paid. Fianna Fail have subsidised the wealthy at the expense of the poorer sections of society and handed our sovereignty to the European Central Bank.

I do not know Senator Hanafin and I intend no disrespect to him as an individual but he remains a member of a party who have never acted in the interests of the majority of those represented by ICTU. Can you please explain to me how the ICTU could endorse the candidacy of members of either of the two right wing parties in Ireland? I am sure there are enough politically active union members who would be interested in receiving the support of the ICTU in contesting the Seanad elections.

I believe the Seanad is undemocratically elected and currently serves no purpose. I believe it should be abolished but recognise that some politically active union members may see it as a platform to propagate progressive policies.

Cllr Cieran Perry

Many thanks to the person who forwarded this. Seems to me Cieran Perry has an excellent point here. Even if one accepts the idea that sometimes one party [in the broad sense of the term] might nominate someone external to it you’d think that some similarity of outlook might be the very least that would be expected – no?


1. D_D - April 5, 2011

An excellent letter from Cieran Perry.


2. RepublicanSocialist1798 - April 5, 2011

Who the fuck in ICTU decided to endorse this traitor?
Fair play to Perry for being on the ball with this.


3. Tomboktu - April 5, 2011

Does anybody know the procedure Congress uses for nominating candidates, and what criteria it uses? If the Seanad isn’t abolished, I’d consider my own union’s conference next year to put down a motion to try to change either or both of those.


WorldbyStorm - April 5, 2011

I’m afraid I don’t. It’s a great question.


4. WorldbyStorm - April 5, 2011

BTW, presumably this sort of canvassing is widespread to councillors and long standing over the years.


Tomboktu - April 5, 2011

Canvassing of councillors is famously intense, not only by letter but in person, with candidates hauling themselves all over the country to press the flesh.

The version of the STV used in the vocational panels is very sensitive, and all preferences can count, so if you’re keen to get that seat, it’s worth it.

On the university seats, is it my memory or is this year’s election unusually intense? Helen Keogh has election posters in Dublin, Rónán Mullen and Donncha O’Connell are holding an election debate next week, and a colleague has had two candidates call to the door on the last two Satrudays canvassing for the two votes in her house.


WorldbyStorm - April 5, 2011

I saw the Keogh posters, and I know someone who lives next door to an FG cllr in the country who said the last week or two there’s been a steady stream of cars to their door.


irishelectionliterature - April 5, 2011

Keoghs posters are advertising a public meeting.


Tomboktu - April 5, 2011

I wonder if that’s a technicality to avoid trouble with the litter laws.


irishelectionliterature - April 5, 2011

It is, for instance before the General Election was called I saw a number of Posters advertising a public meeting for a Fine Gael candidate.
I was torn myself between voting or holding on to the Ballot paper as a collectors item ….. luckily someone I know has kept their ballot paper for me as they have no interest in the Seanad Elections.


Daniel Sullivan - April 6, 2011

I’m shocked, shocked, I say. How could anyone think those posters were an attempt to get posters up on a technicality.


WorldbyStorm - April 7, 2011


I was a bit more shocked by the cliched curvilinear swatch on the poster… will no-one design better looking and innovative posters???[shakes fist] NO-ONE???


Daniel Sullivan - April 7, 2011

I think that swatch was intended to echo the same design from a particular party’s posters.

If I’d had the funds I might have done something interesting with a poster, but I don’t so I didn’t.


5. Drithleóg - April 5, 2011

A very relevant point. Can’t say I’m too surprised that ICTU would support FFers, they’e pretty much towed the FF line for some time anyway.


6. HAL - April 5, 2011

Waiting for Mr Beggs response I presume?


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