People Like Us


90367977Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney

“I think there’s a lot of good people in Fianna Fail, I think I could work with them.People who support Fianna Fail in some ways probably have a lot in common with people who support Fine Gael.”

Fine Gael minister Simon Coveney

“I think there are fundamental differences between Fianna Fail and Fine Gail.The concentration by Fine Gael is on the better off in society, reducing taxation for the better off at the expense for the less well off in society.”

Fianna Fail TD Timmy Dooley this morning

Simon Coveney supports idea of coalition with Fianna Fáil (Juno McEnroe, Irish Examiner)

(Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland)


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24 thoughts on “People Like Us

    1. Mick Flavin

      Nah, it’s not panic, they’re just softening up the public for the inevitable coalition. FG in late 20s, FF around 20. Whack in a few Greens, survivors of the Labour cull and like-minded indos and you’ve got a stew going…

      …not a very palatable one, mind you…

      1. scottser

        ‘good people in fianna fail, but not enough to jeopardise my candidacy for a ministerial position in the next government’

    1. Rob

      I’m now even more embarrassed than I was previously about voting FG in the last election. Which was quite a bit.

  1. Je Suis Frilly Keane

    And TD Dooley’s having none of it

    G’wan Timmy bhoy
    Ya’ve the batens of ‘im

    ( btw. Swap Timmy out for Billy and ye have one of my overheard in the stand’s favourites via Cork v Waherford 99 mhf semi in Thurles)

  2. Dubloony

    Wouldn’t think that they would need anyone else if they could get their act together.
    Means the start of proper left / right politics rather than civil war stuff.

    The opposition would be SF, Indos, Labour, and various TLA (three letter acronym) parties.

    So a right wing, conservative, corrupt group – very Tory!
    FG responsible for bringing FF back in… yuk.

    1. Dubloony

      And term limits. If you haven’t created a piece of legislation in 2 terms, what is the point of you being there.
      I’d like to think the mould is broken but this country votes with its pockets.

      So wealthier people vote FG, public service (did) vote Labour, welfare recipients incl pensioners vote for whoever they think will drop charges or not cut their entitlements.

  3. louislefronde

    I seem to recall back in August of last year, Coveney suggested a Fine Gael – Fianna Fail coalition, which of course makes perfect sense by playing two ideologically bankrupt parties inside the one tent (for a change)

    Dooley’s comments are of course nonsense, as Fianna Fail love to portray themselves as the party of ‘the little people’. But of course, we all know that Fianna Fail has a tradition of buying votes by screwing the middle class with higher taxes. Based on the half crazed practice of income redistribution.

    Naturally Fianna Fail neglect to mention that their party has always been funded by the very wealthy who can avail of a litany of tax breaks to avoid paying their fair share.

    Fianna Fail’s funding model is simple – their election campaigns are funded by wealthy donors who make multiple donations (at and below the threshold) using cash and different company cheques (onshore and offshore) to finance the party and their respective candidates in the field. The party and indeed the candidates are of course indebted to those ‘donors’. Naturally, there is no such thing as a free lunch as we all know.

  4. bobsyerauntie

    Children of TD’s, Nephews of TD’s and Nieces of TD’s should all be banned from sitting in the Dail. It is this nepotistic dynastic political landscape in Ireland that has caused the rot within our political system. Coveney is from an elite background (he comes from one of the wealthy merchant families of Cork). He hobnobs with people like Peter Sutherland at (the infamous) Bilderberg meetings. Personally, I find Coveney’s ice cold demeanor very unsettling. How can we expect people from wealthy, long-standing politically connected backgrounds to understand our ordinary daily struggles, when these people have been born into privilege, wealth and power? Politicians like Coveney (and many others, particularly from Fine Gael and Fianna Fail) are out of touch because they have never experienced unemployment, or struggled to pay bills, or had to push themselves through college with no support. They don’t understand tenant rights, or rent allowance discrimination, or unemployment and emigration because these are abstract things which don’t happen to them or anyone in their circle. We need ordinary, compassionate people in political positions who have an empathy for ordinary people, not these self serving elites. Coveney, Varadker, Creighton, Kenny… they all make my skin crawl. They are power hungry, right wing elitists who have nothing but contempt for ordinary people, so Coveney is correct in his assertion that Fine Gael and Fianna Fail are on the same ideological spectrum. A coalition between those two in power would make Ireland even more unbearable to live in, it’s bad enough under Labour and Fine Gael, imagine the inequality that would be created under a Fine Gael/Fianna Fail regime. The stuff of nightmares…

  5. Mr. T.

    There’s enough young conservative Late Late Show watching idiots who are exactly like their conservative Late Late Show watching idiot parents to fall for this strategy of keeping the left out of power in Ireland.

    “Ah sure, they might have learned their lessons, mumble, mumble, ten hail marys”

    Ireland is a village of two-faced morons.

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