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Updated on February 1, 2017
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Since the formation of the first Fianna Fáil government on 9 March 1932, the party has been in power for 61 of the last 79 years. Its longe

The 2011 General Election In The Republic of Ireland

While there are a number of political parties in the Ireland, the political landscape has been dominated for decades by Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael, historically opposed and competing entities, which both occupy the traditional centre ground. From the
While there are a number of political parties in the Ireland, the political landscape has been dominated for decades by Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael, historically opposed and competing entities, which both occupy the traditional centre ground. From the | Source

The 2011 General Election in The Republic of Ireland is on the way and many Irish people are asking themselves, Why and Who should I Vote For?

Recession, pay cuts, tax increases, unemployment sky-high, energy bills increased, refuge charges increased, pay cuts, water charges on the way, grocery prices up, pay cuts, and so it goes on and on here in Ireland during election 2011.

Who do I vote for? Why do I vote? In this General Election in Ireland.

Now we are been asked to vote for who we want to come into power and try to sort all this mess out. The mess that should not have happened in the first place as far as I am concerned and I am sick to my back teeth of suffering, along with many other ‘working class’ people because of the greed of others.

I am working class and I find it laughable when I here some Politicians saying “well we had it good when the Celtic tiger was here” Eh excuse me ‘The Celtic tiger’ never came to my door? It may have spent a lot of time in the rooms of Leinster house and paid for all the luxuries that you all have come accustomed too but I can tell you I never saw it?

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Who do I Vote for in The General Election in The Republic of Ireland

Like most working class I have always struggled to have a decent standard of living, even when the Celtic tiger was supposedly here. Now that he, the Celtic tiger is gone, I and the working class are struggling even harder than before the ‘recession’ because of the greed of others.

How do we know that the next lot we vote in can be trusted to bring our country and our standard of living back to what we deserve? I am still unsure of where my vote may end up and that is why I have decided to do this hub and maybe by doing so I will learn something along the way!

My choices are

  • Fianna Fail
  • Fine Gael
  • Sinn Fein
  • Labour

These are the main political parties I have to choose from. What I would like from our politicians is what I would expect from anyone who crosses my path and that is honesty. Honestly is a very hard thing to find these days, especially in a politician so I know I am asking a lot.

Why Should I Vote in the 2011 General Election in Ireland

I know for the next 4-6 weeks, while all the main political parties fight for votes the Irish people are going to hear so many empty promises about what they will do for us.

Unfortunately, from my past experiences, as soon as they get into power, all their ‘promises’ are forgotten about and they go onto look after themselves and take their big fat pay cheques and their big fat pensions while getting ‘fat’ on their free lunches and dinners that we, the working class, pay for in our taxes get so angry when I read about how much these politicians are paid. It is a disgrace.

They do not live in the ‘real world’ and it is about time that something is done about their salaries. I sincerely hope that whoever is voted in this time will make changes for the better of the ‘people of Ireland’ and not just for themselves.

The 1916 Easter Rising

Fianna Fail Party

Since the formation of the first Fianna Fáil government on 9 March 1932, the party has been in power for 61 of the last 79 years. Its longest continuous period in office was 15 years and 11 months (March 1932–February 1948). Its single longest per
Since the formation of the first Fianna Fáil government on 9 March 1932, the party has been in power for 61 of the last 79 years. Its longest continuous period in office was 15 years and 11 months (March 1932–February 1948). Its single longest per | Source

Fianna Fail party

Fianna Fáil represents the mainstream of Irish life. It is the only party which on several occasions has commanded overall majorities in Dáil Éireann.

Since its foundation Fianna Fáil has been the single most coherent force in Irish politics, so much so indeed that alternative governments have been characterised by their opposition to Fianna Fáil as their only common bond.

Electorally Fianna Fáil is second only to the Social Democrats in Sweden in its length of tenure in office.

1916 Arbour Hill Commemoration - April 2010

Fianna Fail

Fianna Fáil adheres to the great democratic principle of government of the people, by the people and for the people. The party's name incorporates the words ‘The Republican Party' in its title. Republican here stands both for the unity of the island and a commitment to the historic principles of European republican philosophy, namely liberty, equality and fraternity.

Fianna Fáil has always had a ‘can do' attitude. The Party has always been positive and never defeatist in its thinking. Fianna Fáil aims to unite all in a common identity of self-confident Irish men and women in a dynamic, vibrant, prosperous nation.

Enda kenny leader of Fine Gael 2012


History of Fine Gael

The 1932 General Election

The 1932 General Election was a highly significant result. It is possible to say that the result changed the face of Irish Politics. Fianna Fail swept into government on a platform of radical policies, thus necessitating a changeover of power between political opponents who only ten years previously were fighting a bitter civil war.

The difficult decisions of the previous decade, coupled with the effects of the world economic depression, had taken their toll on Cumann na Gaedhael’s popularity.
Fianna Fail had spent five years in detailed development of their national organisation now supplemented by a national newspaper, the Irish Press. The Fianna Fail policy platform was radical and attractive promising sweeping political and economic change.

The campaign was fractious and incident-driven, culminating in the murder of Cumann na Gaedhael candidate J.J. Reynolds in Sligo-Leitrim. Cumann na Gaedhael fought the campaign mainly on it’s record in government, it warned of the instability that could follow a Fianna Fail victory. Many times during the campaign Cumann na Gaedhael played the so-called “Red Scare” card. One example was a poster with a red flag partially covering the tricolour with the caption “We want no Reds here, keep their colours off your flag”.

The election resulted in sweeping gains for Fianna Fail which gained fifteen extra seats, garnering 44.6% of the popular vote. Cumann na Gaedheal dropped five seats and Labour dropped six. Cumann an Gaedhael’s popular vote was down only three thousand votes, appearing to suggest that the bulk of it’s traditional support was intact, however the collapse in support for Labour and the Farmers Party propelled Fianna Fail into power.

Aftermath of Election.

The immediate aftermath of the 1932 election set in train a sequence of events that led to the formation of Fine Gael. The political atmosphere had become highly charged. The initial transfer of power to Fianna Fail from the Cosgrave administration was peaceful and seamless. Fianna Fail began to rapidly implement the more radical elements of it’s election manifesto. On the March 18th the Public Safety Act, was suspended, lifting the illegality of many organisations including the IRA. Movement was made on the vexed question of land annuities, and by late April De Valera had produced the text of a bill to abolish the Oath of Allegiance.

The speed and decisiveness with which Fianna Fail had moved to implement it’s election pledges greatly unnerved Cumann na Gaedhael’s leadership, the IRA prisoner release had caused a mass alarm in the party. Fears were justified when IRA ex-prisoners started to attack Cumann an Gaedhael meetings in an apparent attempt to spark off reprisals. Under the slogan “No free speech for traitors” the IRA began to target Cumann an Gaedhael members, a culture of fear permeated the party, the IRA campaign of terrorisation had sparked a debate within the ranks of the party’s leadership that perhaps the time had come for defensive action to be taken.

Sinn Fein


Sinn Fein

Introduction to Sinn Féin

For 100 years now Sinn Féin has been to the forefront of bringing about change in Ireland. Republicans and Socialists from Constance Markievicz, James Connolly and Liam Mellows to Bobby Sands, Mairéad Farrell and Joe Cahill have brought us closer to our goal of Irish unity and independence.  Today’s generation of republicans continue that work. 

Sinn Féin is now the fastest growing party in Ireland.  We have five Ministers in government in the north, including joint First Minister Martin McGuinness.  We are delivering real change.  We are continuing to build the party across the south and have been leading campaigns for job creation and retention and in defence of public services and local communities.  We have launched major policy documents around job creation and public finance. We have stood up to Fianna Fáil and the Greens and put forward real solutions.

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams has initiated a renewed campaign around Irish unity to build widespread support in Ireland for re-unification and to bring the Irish Diaspora together behind this demand.  We are also continuing to use our experience of conflict resolution to help other peace processes around the world including in the Middle East.

Join with us in building an Ireland of equals.

Sinn Fein Ard Fheis 2013 Broadcast

6 reasons to vote for Sinn Féin in this election

1. Sinn Féin has shown that there is a better way. We were the only party not to sign up to the government’s consensus for cuts and instead put forward a real costed alternative for economic recovery.

2. Sinn Féin would reverse cuts to public services and social welfare introduced in Budget 2011. We are the only party to clearly state that we would do this.

3. Unlike the other parties Sinn Féin would stand up to the IMF and EU. Sinn Féin is an Irish republican party. We are a United Ireland party. We believe in the sovereignty, independence and freedom of the Irish people and the right of our people to build our own society.

4. Every TD elected for Sinn Féin will mean a stronger voice for working families, the unemployed and all those struggling to survive. The more Sinn Féin TDs elected the louder the voice for those they represent in the Dáil.

5. Sinn Féin stands up for ordinary people. Over the last year it is our party, which confronted this government and demanded higher standards. For us, actions speak louder than words. Sinn Féin was the only party to oppose the Lisbon Treaty, pointing out the dangers for our sovereignty. Sinn Féin forced the government to hold the Donegal SW by-election, exposed the Taoiseach’s contacts with leading people in Anglo, is the only party not to sign up to the Fianna Fáil / Green Party / Fine Gael / Labour consensus for cuts and instead put forward a real alternative for economic recovery. Sinn Féin TDs only take home the average industrial wage.

6. Sinn Féin will change politics and put an end to cronyism. Reform must start with the Dáil. That means cutting TD’s wages and expenses. It means changing how the Dáil business is done so the Government can be held to account. We would abolish the Seanad in its current form.

Eamon Gilmore

Eamon Gilmore, leader of the Labour party in Ireland 2011 election.
Eamon Gilmore, leader of the Labour party in Ireland 2011 election. | Source

A Brief History of the Labour Party

The Labour Party was founded in 1912 in Clonmel, County Tipperary, by James Connolly, James Larkin and William O'Brien as the political wing of the Irish Trade Union Congress. It is the oldest political party in Ireland and the only one which pre-dates independence. The founders of the Labour Party believed that for ordinary working people to shape society they needed a political party that was committed to serving their needs; they knew that there is only so much that trade unions and community organisations can do, an effective political party is needed to create a fair society. Similar political movements were being forged throughout the world at this time, and the internationalism and progressive politics of this era has profoundly shaped Labour's philosophy since.

Much of the political optimism and potential of that era came to grief in the slaughter of the First World War. In Ireland concerns about national determination came to dominate with the 1916 Easter Rising and the War of Independence. Labour was profoundly engaged in those events, Labour leaders arguing for not just an "independent Ireland" but on Ireland which was just and fair. The decisions taken by Labour leaders at that time are still debated today. James Connolly, of course, was one of the signatories of the 1916 Proclamation, participated in the rising along with the Citizen's Army, and was executed in May 1916

The Labour Party did not take part in the General Election of 1918 or the parliamentary elections of 1921. This decision was taken to facilitate a clear-cut decision by the electorate on the national question and to avoid the possibility of a split in the Labour Movement which was organised on an all-Ireland basis.

This decision had serious implications for the future of the Party. In the 1918 election, two out of every three voters were voting for the first time and forming political links which were to last a lifetime. The national debate was not resolved by the elections of 1918 and 1921 or the civil war which followed. It has continued to be a part of politics in Ireland ever since.

The debate about the national issue pushed consideration of social issues into the background. Moreover, the major parties were conservative and opposed to socialism.

This meant that there was little or no attention given to issues of social justice, such as poverty, unemployment and emigration which badly affected the lives of Irish working people.

The late Luke Kelly

James Connolly


James Connolly & Jim Larkin, co-founders of The Labour Party

In the 1922 elections, the Labour Party won 22% of the vote, with 17 of its 18 candidates being elected. The outbreak of civil war and the refusal of those against the Treaty to take their seats in the Dáil cast Labour in the role of the first official opposition party in the State. The Labour Party was thus instrumental in establishing constitutional party politics in Ireland.

The participation of both groups in the 1948 Inter-Party Government helped reunite the Party in 1950. From 1954 to 1957 the Labour Party joined Fine Gael in the Second Inter-Party Government.

The early sixties brought growth within the Party and an extension of its support. It also received a considerable boost from the re-affiliation of a number of trade unions, including the ITGWU, during this period. At the 1965 General Election the Party won 22 Dáil seats and in 1969 received 17% of the vote.

A decision of the 1970 Annual Conference enabled the Party to consider entering coalition. Throughout the 1970s and 1980s Labour entered a number of coalition governments with Fine Gael. Party fortunes varied over these years with a particular success being achieved in 1979 when the Party won four of the 15 seats in the European Elections.

In 1990, the Party Leader, Dick Spring TD, invited Mary Robinson, a former Labour Senator, Councillor and Dáil candidate and a leading civil rights lawyer, to seek the Labour nomination for the Presidency. In an historic campaign, Mary Robinson was elected by the Irish people to become Ireland's first woman President.

In the General Election of 1992, the Party achieved its highest vote ever (19.3%) and highest number of Deputies (33). This historic breakthrough paved the way for Labour's entry into Government for the sixth time.

Labour remained in Government until May 1997, sharing power with Fianna Fail until November 1994 and from then with Fine Gael and Democratic Left. It was a period of unparalleled economic growth and social reform. During that time the education budget doubled, local authority house completions trebled, arts investment and aid to the developing world quadrupled.

The General Election in 1997 saw Labour's return to opposition and in November 1997, Dick Spring TD, resigned as Party Leader and was succeeded by Ruairi Quinn TD. In 1999 The Labour Party merged with Democratic Left and Proinsias De Rossa, Leader of Democratic Left, became Labour's first President. In 2002 Pat Rabbitte was elected Party Leader in a national member ballot. Eamon Gilmore succeed Pat Rabbitte as Leader of the Labour Party in 2007.

The late Luke kelly singing Raglan Road

Election 2011 Ireland - Who would you vote for?

Who would you vote for in election 2011 in Ireland

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    • Garlic Angel profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Dublin

      UPDATE: 28/02/2011

      Fine Gael and labour are in talks at the moment to try and form a Coalition Government.

      Fine Gael won most of the seats but ‘fortunately’ not enough to take power alone.

      Labour are now the second most popular party winning 36 seats to follow Fine Gaels 70 seats.

      Sinn Fein won a total of 13 seats. They may approach some of the Independents who won a total of 13 seats between them. This way they can be the most popular opposition party and “hold the government accountable for their actions. ‘Keep an eye on them’ :-)

      That in turn will leave Fianna Fail at an all time low, with only 18 seats on the opposition bench. ‘I think they are lucky to have even got that many seats’.

      Garlic Angel :-)

    • Garlic Angel profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Dublin

      Mary Lou McDonald voted in. Sinn Fein doing very well so far. Great result for Sinn Fein. Well done to all the voters, we did a good job.

      Hopefully the winning teams, most likely Fine Gael, will get stuck in now and sort this mess out..

    • Garlic Angel profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Dublin

      Well done Gerry Adams, leader of Sinn Fein, voted in--Louth constituency, way above the Quota.

      Mary Lou McDonald, Dublin Central, Sinn Fein, is on her way to victory also. Well done guys...

      Fianna Fail has lost plenty of seats (Don’t forget to shut the door on your way out)

      Garlic Angel :-)

    • Garlic Angel profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Dublin

      Hi jonihnj

      Thank you for your comment. Yes I surpose we are lucky to have such a Wide variety of candidates to choose from.

      The problem we do have though is there are way too many ‘paid’ TD’s Ministers Houses etc etc etc

      Let’s hope whoever gets into power on Sunday does some serious cutbacks to the government salary bill and get rid of all the ‘wasters’ and ‘scroungers’ that are hanging around Leinster House and The seanad.


      Well the votes are in and locked up for the night. They will start to be counted first thing tomorrow morning.

      I hope you all voted and voted well.

      The results will be in sometime on Sunday 27th/2/2011.

      Until then we do have the results of my Hub Poll- “Who would you vote for”- And the results are below.

      Sinn Fein won this election; let’s see how they get on in the general election!

      It should be an interesting result.

      • Sinn Fein 52%

      • Fine Gael 26%

      • Labour 18%

      • Fianna Fail 5%

      Garlic Angel :-)

    • jonihnj profile image


      7 years ago from Metro New York

      I have enjoyed reading the comments posted here. It seems you've sparked some provocative thinking with your Hub. It strikes me, as an American, though, that you're fortunate that having several parties elected is something you can even contemplate. Here it seems we're destined to vote for two parties and sometimes, most times, neither offers much to the common voter.

    • Garlic Angel profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Dublin


      Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams has said: “That all TV election debates should be fully inclusive of all political parties represented in the Dáil.

      'The three parties represented in tonight's RTÉ leaders debate are united in their broad approach to the IMF/EU bailout for banks and on the agenda for cuts that will hurt ordinary working families and damage society.

      'RTÉ, a publicly-funded broadcaster has a duty ensure that all election debates are open and inclusive.”

      “The exclusion of Sinn Féin from tonight's debate is wrong.”

      Yes Gerry I totally agree with you. All parties should be allowed to debate tonight.

      There are 5 Main political parties running in this election not 3 and I do believe that we, the Irish people have every right to here from all 5 party leaders.

      What gives RTE the right to exclude the other parties?

      Garlic Angel >>>>

    • Garlic Angel profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Dublin

      Hi Viking thank you for your comment. Yes I am still thinking of Sinn Fein for my first vote and Labour for the second..

      The polls are saying that Fine Gael are on to win, probably on their own, but possibly in Coalition with labour. It is very hard to envisage the two parties ‘working’ together for the good of the people. They have done nothing but take each other apart during the election campaign. If and when they get into government together wait and see they will all of a sudden be ‘best of friends’. That’s politics though. Full of crap and empty promises for the people.

      After listen to ALL the parties over the last few weeks I have to say I am more worried now about the future of our country than I was before the election Champaign. It is all very worrying indeed.

      They all keep telling us that things are going to get worse. Do they not realise that for the likes of us, the working class, that we just cannot possibly afford any more cutbacks or increases.

      I am seriously thinking of emigrating, (I never thought I would say that, my time of life), but if things are heading the way they all say it is then I and lots of other people just have no choice than to look elsewhere for work and a ‘future’..

      Voting for the election is on Friday, 25th/2/2011 and the results will be in on Sunday 27th/2/2011, should be a very interesting result.

      We will just have to wait and see what happens...

      'A very worried' Garlic Angel :-(

    • viking305 profile image

      L M Reid 

      7 years ago from Ireland

      Yes a very interesting debate, It has not changed my mind. I will be voting for Sinn Fein.

      As for the Greens. Well don't get me started on that lot. What a shamefull waste of time they had with Fianna Fail in Government the last few years.

      I love this comment you made and agree with you 100%

      'Greens: Emm I think they should be called ‘Yellows’ Don’t seem to know their arse from their elbow'

    • Garlic Angel profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Dublin

      Ref. The 5 leader debate tonight:

      My initial reaction to the 5 leader debate on RTE television on The Frontline with Pat Kenny tonight:

      14th February:

      Sinn Fein: Number 1 vote.

      Labour: Number 2 vote.

      Fianna Fail: WASTE OF SPACE.

      Fine Gael: FULL OF FALSE PROMISES. Same as ‘Fianna Fail’ only wearing a different suit.

      Greens: Emm I think they should be called ‘Yellows’ Don’t seem to know their arse from their elbow.

      Garlic Angel...

    • literarychimp profile image


      7 years ago from Ireland

      I agree entirely. I grew up in Celtic tiger Ireland (in Kerry), more than that, I grew up poor without connections in an ostentatiously rich and nepotistic Ireland, I have no affection for Finna fail or the society they have produced.

      I also agree that the working class have more a less given up on politics and its hard to blame them.

      I certainly would not poruidly adorn myself with the badge of any Irish political party, although I would favour a Labour led government. This is not to say they are no problems with Labour. They are beholden to their invested interests like any of the others, such as the middle class, socially liberal Irish Times mentality, where they get a lot of their funding. (Remember unlike the British labour party they cant rely on unconditional union support. Finna Fail have always ingratiated the Irish labour unions.) Still, they are better than the alternatives.

      As for the widespread apathy and disillusionment with politics. I share it. 100%

      But thanks for the interesting blog Garlic Angel

    • Garlic Angel profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Dublin

      Hi literarychimp

      Fianna Fail may have a ‘can do attitude’ but unfortunately the ‘can do’ seems only to be focused on whatever policies suit themselves, as a ‘a party’.

      They do not seem to consider the ordinary ‘working classes in their visions for a better Ireland. The people of Ireland seem to have been left behind.

      You mention the ‘Celtic tiger’; well I can tell you it never came knocking on my door. I have been in ‘recession’ most of my life and find it very hard to get ‘up the ladder’ here in Ireland.

      It still seems to be that in this country it is not ‘what you know but who you know’. I like many people have voted for Fianna Fail in the past as I believed they had the people’s welfare at heart. Unfortunately they have let us all down with their greediness.

      That is the only word I can think of for them. Since the recession hit us, I am beginning to take notice of the salaries of these so called politicians and I am just so disgusted at the amount of money they pay themselves and they have the audacity to even think they are worth their salaries. Not to mention their bonus and pensions etc etc.

      They have no idea about the ‘real world’ and do not seem to care about the ordinary people and how we are supposed to have a decent standard of living with all these pay cuts tax increases and energy increases. The list goes on and on.

      They have me and many other working class Irish so disheartened at the present time and I truly hope they do not get back into power. The need to take a back seat for a while and take stock of the mess they have left us in.

      After saying that I cannot say I have much confidence in any of the other parties and to this day I have still not decided who shall get my vote?

      Thank you for your very interesting comment literarychimp and let’s just ‘watch this space’ to see what develops.

      Garlic Angel ...

    • literarychimp profile image


      7 years ago from Ireland

      "Fianna Fáil has always had a ‘can do' attitude. The Party has always been positive and never defeatist in its thinking. Fianna Fáil aims to unite all in a common identity of self-confident Irish men and women in a dynamic, vibrant, prosperous nation."

      I think Fianna Fails strength is surprisingly in their superficiality. They manage to ride the mood and feeling of the time. They was an enormous desire during the tiger for Ireland to be wealthy and buzzing and their policies were tailored to suit this mood. In the same way they were previously the party of monolithic conservative Ireland. They give the people what they want, want to understand the Irish psyche in any period of post-independence history, look at the Finna Fail party, they are an illustrative receptacle. The problem with this populism is it excludes any coherent long term vision. Look at their policies over the last few years. They taxed like a center right party and spent like a center left party! And this kind of policy polygamy only leads to one place, bankruptcy and sovereign default and that's what we are facing.

    • Garlic Angel profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Dublin

      Here here, well said Viking305.

      “Charged with economic Treason and Stripped of their pensions and their freedom” yes indeed.

      They should put them on the average working class income and see how they like it and the ‘standard’ of living we, the working class, have to live with. Living pay cheque to pay cheque.

      And you are right about all the outgoing ministers getting ‘more’ on their pensions than they would if they were working. It is a bloody disgrace and I get so annoyed when I think of it. It should not be allowed to go on.

      Let’s hope the next lot get it right. I doubt it though. They will probably be as bad if not worse. I know that is a bad attitude to have but I am so tired and fed up with all this carry on.

      I know three good friends, one a family member, who have lost their homes in the last 12months. All three lost their jobs and could not afford the mortgage. Yet again I have to say it is a bloody disgrace.

      Thank you for taking the time to comment on my hub Viking305 and let’s hope things will improve soon.

      Garlic Angel :-(

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      L M Reid 

      7 years ago from Ireland

      Very interesting hub on the state of Ireland and the election. All the TDs of FF who are retiring are only doing so because their pensions will be BIGGER by far than their wages when they become back benchers after the election.

      It was Bertie as Taoiseach that let the banks and the Financial Regulater of the time ruin this country, so good riddence to him. As for Brian Cowen, he was Minister for Finance during the FALSE boom times and he is just as much to blame. They all knew what was happening and were just ignoring it until they could secure their big fat pensions.

      They should be charged with economic Treason and stripped of their pensions and Freedom.

    • Garlic Angel profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Dublin

      Hi jaypyramid

      Yes indeed he did resign at long last. He should not have got the job in the first place. He only got it by default because Berti Ahern left that time, which I was disgusted about. Berti Ahern left the party at the very time he was needed, that’s my opinion anyhow.

      The whole Fianna Fail party should resign and a whole new, fresh party brought in. They are, ‘The Fianna Fail party’ a bunch of gangsters and need a kick up the butt to make them see what the ‘people’ of Ireland are going through with all their mistakes and over spending, bailout for the banks etc etc.

      And like you say even though Brian Cowen has resigned Oh my God did you see the pension he will be receiving. I am so annoyed about that. It was/is like a real kick in the teeth to the people to give him a pension like that. Do a BAD job and you shall be rewarded !!!

      As far as the USC, yes I have started paying it now since last week from my wages which means my income has gone down once again. I have been struggling, like most working class, without that and now I have even less of an income for all my hard work and he, Brian Cowen walks away with ALL that money and his big fat income of a pension.

      I hope that in the future they will track down the Wanker Bankers that put us in this mess and yes indeed charge them. Number one on their list should be Sean Fitzpatrick from Anglo Irish Bank, who is now living it up in the USA with his wife and family. He has put all his assets into his wifes name I believe. Karma has a way of coming back at you so I am sure it will find its way to the USA and make him pay for the mess he has left all the Irish people to clean up after him..

      Thank you for taking the time to comment on my hub appreciate it and hope to catch you again along the road Jaypyramid...

      Garlic Angel :-)

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      7 years ago

      Good hub Garlic Angel. I notice Brian Cowen is resigning from Politics like so many other Fianna Fail. And so they may on their big fat pensions and pay outs after 'Fail'ing to do their jobs compentantly. They should be all sacked and criminal charges brought for the mess they have made of the country and the ordianry people should kick up and refuse to pay the USC

    • Garlic Angel profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Dublin

      Hi jonihnj

      Thank you for stopping by. Yes, my ‘take’ on it! I did go on a little, but unfortunately that is how I am feeling at the moment.

      Very confused and untrusting of politicians at this present moment.

      I will just have to keep my ears and mind open for the next few weeks and see what develops.

      I took a look at your profile and your hubs look really interesting, I am now following you and I am looking forward to reading your work.

      Thank you for taking the time out to comment on my hub and I hope to cross your path again along the road.

      Garlic Angel :-)

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      7 years ago from Metro New York

      Thanks for putting this together. As someone looking on from afar (or soon from up close, as I'll be in Ireland) I appreciate your take on how an average person feels.


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