The rise of the FG gene pool independent… and other matters. May 9, 2016Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.
Looking at the Irish Times diagram of the new Ministers and reading about how two of the Independent Ministers are former FG (though granted Shane Ross is very very former FG) it did strike me that it was a happy historical coincidence for Enda Kenny that he set about forming an FG led minority government with independent support at a time when the numbers of ex-FG members as Independent TDs has never been higher. And better still these ex-FG members were taking positions of prominence amongst alliances of TDs. Denis Naughten is one of the most clever and astute contemporary politicians and in truth would be a good fit in any centre right party. No great surprise there. But as a former FG TD now with three or four TDs loosely allied around him he offered … Three or four TDs with their votes!
Likewise with Ross who has his flock, however diffuse. And managed to lead them into government. Of course there are those like ‘Boxer’ Moran who come from an FF gene pool back ground, and for some it was too much. Mattie McGrath was always an unlikely figure to join with the rest in supporting Fine Gael. But here’s the thing. He wasn’t needed. And nor were the Healy-Rae’s.
But the fact that there are FG gene pool independents, and by the way none of which come from the RENUA camp (ponder whether had Creighton been returned to the Dáil Kenny would have found it easier or more difficult to deal with her than say Naughten or Ross), is telling in itself. It’s a function of a centrifugal force on the larger political parties, not just FF, but also FG. Indeed it’s testament to a broader dynamic. How many former Labour TDs remain in the Dáil and note of those that do their different paths away from that party.
As interesting are those who abstained on the Taoiseach vote. And what of the future? More on that later in the week.