From top: Elaine Byrne’s column in the Business Post; Anthony Sheridan
Anthony Sheridan writes:
Elaine Byrne believes Mary Lou McDonald and her party are lacking in moral courage and are therefore unfit to govern.
Sinn Féin does not deserve a pass until Mary Lou and her leadership demonstrate genuine moral courage.
Ms Byrne is not alone in holding such an intolerant, undemocratic and hypocritical view.
The entire horde of establishment journalists have been scrambling around in panic ever since polls indicated that Sinn Fein have become a major force in Irish politics.
This development comes as no surprise to ordinary citizens who have suffered catastrophe after catastrophe as a direct result of political corruption in Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael.
The very fact that Ms Byrne obviously believes that these two parties are in possession of any semblance of moral courage destroys her credibility as an objective commentator.
But Ms Byrne may not recognise this criticism because, like all establishment commentators, she operates from within the extremely restricted realm of the political establishment.
Looking out from that bubble Ms. Byrne can see and is indeed very angry at the massive damage inflicted on Ireland and its people by the disease of political corruption.
We know this because she wrote a book outlining in great detail every major incident of political corruption perpetuated principally by Fianna Fail and Fine Gael since the formation of the state.
Unfortunately, Ms. Byrne does not, for whatever reason, possess the moral courage to actually name Fianna Fáil/Fine Gael as the guilty parties.
Instead, she falls in with the rest of the baying mob of ‘journalists’ in passing judgement on those, such as Sinn Féin, who challenge the power and privilege of our corrupt ruling political class
Anthony Sheridan is a freelance journalist and blogs at PublicEnquiry.