Well two weeks on and the people of Ireland are still talking about the aftermath of our presidential election!
The 'What if?', The 'sure t’was a sympathy vote', The 'sure the media got their man in.... again' etc.
In the Sunday Independent a few days ago, Mammy of Ireland, Mary O'Rourke wrote an 'open letter' to Peter Casey, mainly telling him why he shouldn't even think about becoming a Fianna Fáil TD, as Fianna Fáil are okay, and don't need him at present, but Peter, rather should contest the forthcoming General Election as an Independent Candidate.
Mammy's, 'open letter's is published top of the page above an article by Peter Casey, telling the people of Ireland, 'My vision for Fianna Fáil'
The placing of both pieces, one, in priority, on top, of the other, is cunning positioning by team Sindo.
In Peter's piece the why and where, Fianna Fáil has gone astray, going into detail on such issues as, housing and middle Ireland, the education system, Brexit, children and bullying online, church reform.
It's a good, well written piece, as is Mammy's piece, both well worth reading, but in particular, Mr Casey's piece.
To revert back to the positioning of both pieces, and the strength and power our media possess and how they control how we think, how we vote, and, almost what we do, day to day.
For example, let us go back to the previous presidential election we had in October 2011. The first Candidate out of the blocks back then was David Norris, who declared in June that he was looking for the nomination. He was the sole Candidate for nearly 7 weeks, and was gaining popularity each and every day for the first five weeks, so much so that it looked like he would be a 'shoe-in' for the Aràs.
Our media got worried and out of the blue some bad press, for the first time appeared on Mr Norris. So much so, he was forced to withdraw his name.
Then we had Sean Gallagher, Mary Davies, Dana, Martin McGuinness, (R.I.P.), and Gay Mitchell, with the 'dogs on the street' telling us that Michael D Higgins may also join the race.
After another three weeks and with the Sinn Fein candidate gaining some serious polarity across the country and indeed across the board, some became worried again.... Sinn Fein in the Aràs for the centenary of the Easter Rising. So, step in, again, our media, and they persuade Mr Norris to re-enter the race! And David gladly obliged.
Now we had Michael D On the ticket, and lo and behold, with only three weeks to Polling Day, we have Sean Gallagher in Poll Position to become Ireland's next President.... Wait a minute, was muttered by those in cloaks... We can't allow this... So, our media once again came to save the day and we all remember the Pat Kenny Frontline Debate and of course, the Twitter Machine.
Game over for Mr Gallagher, who was on 44% in the Polls, before the broadcast, and Aràs an Uachtaran for Mr Higgins, who was on 29% in the Polls before the programme.
This is the power of our media and the new, PC, (not Peter Casey, but Political Correctness!), Brigade, we listen to, read and watch every day in today's Ireland.
For the record, the 1st Preference Votes for each of the 7 Candidates were:
Michael D. Higgins - 39.6%
Sean Gallagher - 28.5%
Martin McGuinness - 13.7%
Gay Mitchell - 6.4%
David Norris - 6.2%
Dana - 2.9%
Mary Davies - 2.7%
The moral of this story is, "Use your own mind, and let no one decide for you"
Following on from last week's piece on Sorcha McAnespy, the Independent Councillor in Fermanagh/Tyrone, (she had previously been a Sinn Fein Councillor), and her election campaign launch in Omagh a few weeks ago, which was attended and supported by Senator Mark Daly, (Fianna Fáil - Kerry), Spokesperson on European Affairs for his Party, along with Deputy Eamon O'Cuiv, (Fianna Fáil - Galway West), Spokesperson on The Gaelteacht & Rural Affairs), which the hierarchy at FF HQ on Mount Street reacted to by going on our National Airwaves denying that Cllr. McAnespy would be the first Fianna Fáil Candidate, since the 1930's, in Northern Ireland's next year’s Local Elections.
Last week Fianna Fáil Leader, Micheál Martin sacked Senator Daly from his position as their Seanad Spokesperson on European Affairs.
And we have yet to see what punishment Deputy Martin will serve upon Deputy O'Cuiv, who is, as we know the Grandson of the Founder of Fianna Fáil, Eamon de Valera.
But sources close to the Party are saying that Senator Daly hoodwinked Deputy O'Cuiv into attending Cllr. McAnespy’s campaign alunch, and may even have collected the Deputy in Galway, as the Senator headed for Omagh. So, Deputy O'Cuiv may get off the hook this time, with a stern slap on the wrists by deputy leader of Fianna Fáil, Deputy Dara Calleary, who was most vocal about Cllr McAnespy’s launch.
Once again, another complete fiasco at Mount Street, something which we have become well accustomed to in recent years.
I am certain that, the late, Eamon de Valera is 'spinning in his grave’, and not for the first time.
Is there a for sale sign erected at Mount Street yet?
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