Against The Machine



From top: Fianna Fáil leader Michaél Martin and Seán Haughey; Cllr Deirdre Heney

“I am very, very, disappointed. The old boy’s brigade is alive and well. What Micheál Martin has done is very unfair on me. I went out and I fought to win that convention. This country is full of inequality for women. It is very unfair of Micheál Martin… to have Seán [Haughey] added.I had to go out and work really, really hard and Seán is added on top of me for a second time. It could result in no seat for Fianna Fáil in Dublin Bay North.”

Cllr Deirdre Heney, Fianna Fáil candidate in Dublin Bay North last night

Maria W writes:

After the lessons of Averil Power’s resignation and the Mary Fitzpatrick debacle I cannot fathom Fianna Fáil’s continuing unwillingness to embrace women (not like that), women who can offer the party a real future and not simply the promotion of old boys…Instead they marginalise them and unleash the party machine against them…


54 thoughts on “Against The Machine

  1. steve white

    Deirdre Heney somebody who been a member for 20-30s years, acolyte of Ahern, a supporter of Fianna Fail as they screwed the country is the future of Fianna Fail?

    1. Del McG

      Yep, you’re dead right, Steve, they should definitely hitch their cart to thrusting young tyro Sean Haughey instead…

      1. steve white

        im not saying Haughey is better but she can’t claim to be new, as she is doing,btw theres only 4 years between them afaik

    2. classter

      Hardly, but if CJH’s son is genuinely your alternative then you can forget about it.

      Happily benefited financially from his father’s corruption
      He is still quibbling with the Moriarty Tribunal’s findings
      Anti gay marriage

      Seriously FF – you just gonna double down?

      1. steve white

        Haughey is not my alternative, you can vote for neither you know, you are really gullible to buy her ‘new FF’ thing.

        Sean Haughey He told host Keelin Shanley that he felt he couldn’t canvass for the marriage “with conviction”.

        Deirdre Heney “I wasn’t active in gay marraige campaign,…. because it wasn’t something on top of my agenda” not much difference in those answers

  2. doncolleone

    don’t worry pet, nobody votes for you sacks of manure around these parts, man or woman or transgender. and stop dropping those godawful GAA calendars in the post. this is Dublin you big culchie.

      1. sǝɯǝɯ ʇɐ pɐq

        Seriously, Dublin isn’t interested in GAA.
        It’s only the boggers living here that care a tot about it, and that includes the ‘government’.

        1. sǝɯǝɯ ʇɐ pɐq

          If Dublin DID care, the rest of the country wouldn’t stand a hope.
          You’d be fighting among yourselves for second place, every year.
          -And celebrating it too, if I know what yiz are like.


          *deliberate misspelling

        2. classter

          It’s not true for me or lots of other Dubliners.

          What is with the desire for narrow, mono-minded tribes amongst Irish people?

    1. Neilo

      Ah yes, Fianna Fáíl ordered every gobsh1hte in the country to buy property in Bulgaria. We did it to ourselves, it’s true, and that’s what really hurts, we did it to ourselves *pinches riff from Shot By Both Sides*

      1. ReproBertie

        Ah yes, people investing in Bulgarian property is what resulted in the bank guarantee and the massive debt and the collapse of the economy and the mass emigration and the LPT & USC that we are lumped with as a result.

        We’re not all thick Neilo. Many of us remember what FF did and will vote accordingly.

      2. 15 cents

        woooooow … Neilo is thick .. which he’s guna need to be if he’s to stick with FF. because anyone with a slight shred of intelligence would see through them easily. ‘the recession was brought about by people buying holiday homes in bulgaria’ .. fupp me that’s a new level of ignorance.

  3. Yer Man there

    Joining one of Ireland’s most established conservative, right-wing parties and complaining about it being an “old boy’s brigade”…

  4. Spaghetti Hoop

    Of course you had to use a stupid innuendo in your rant. Simply replacing the word ’embrace’ with ‘include’ would have spared us the fake-funny.

  5. Barry the Hatchet

    Micheál Martin was presumably concerned that Sean Haughey might invade Poland if he didn’t get added to the ticket.

    1. Del McG

      God/Buddha/Satan/Superman forgive me, but Haughey looks like Falklands vet Simon Weston in that picture!

  6. Anomanomanom

    The fact FF even have a Haughy in their ranks sums up that party. His father was the biggest crook this country ever produce. And that scum FF gave him a hero’s send off.

  7. ReproBertie

    “Boo Hoo I don’t get to be the FF candidate that nobody will vote for because we screwed the country.”

    Cry me a f’king river.

  8. Clampers Outside!

    You had the chance to leave the party or align yourself with another knowing everything that all the public knew before the last election, but you stayed anyway?

    And now you moan about it…

    Will you cop on! If you’re that stupid to stay in FF you don’t deserve to be elected… not that ‘deserving’ is a prerequisite for a race to see who can tell the most lies to get elected anyway. Show some cop on, leave the party!

  9. 15 cents

    i really really hope opinion polls are bollix.. coz they show FF to be dangerously high in popularity. its terrifying how easily people forget.

  10. Jess

    Has anyone checked to see that she isn’t just useless? I mean the first sign that she is is that she’s in Fianna Fail

    1. Neilo

      She isn’t much cop, I think, but FF feel bad about trying to give Sean Haughey the shafteroonie before Averil Power’s epic flounce at the turn of the year.

  11. Dόn Pídgéόní

    Seems unfair if she won the selection. But I must commend her on her excellent Daily Mail sadface.

  12. Paul Davis

    Women who attain jobs or promotions as a result of gender equality legislation (or policy) should have a suffix after their name.

    For clarity reasons.

    1. The Real Jane

      Should men with their 80 percent quota, too? Surely you’re not saying that Sean Haughey gets on because he’s simply better than any woman?

  13. Odockatee

    Maybe Sean can give her a free ride in his helicopters if they’re still going. He won them in a Christmas cracker apparently. Lovely fella

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