Updated: 13/03/17 : 05:40:32Printable Version
By Declan Foley
As the details of yet another of the
horrific systems of past Irish governance makes its presence felt, the
resentment and anger from people - who are most fortunate to live in a
totally different age - is to take the scatter gun approach to each and
every living member of religious orders, irrespective of their innocence
past is indeed a different country, and the people of Ireland did
indeed, do things differently there: no living person today can undo
past deeds and actions, in Mother and Baby homes, orphanages or other
institutions, no matter how much they wish to do so.
you are angry about the past, is it not far better to participate in a
cool headed and thoughtful manner in society today? Then you will indeed
prevent the errors of the past being repeated.
Ireland is at a political juncture, where all political parties are
faced with the option of creating innovative policies, policies, that
can deliver a just society in practice. Policies which require full and
detailed explanation, not merely rehashed airy fairy ideas, as with the
eternal promise of 'draining the Shannon'.
the responsibility lies more than ever in the hands of the people of
Ireland: since the 1960's there has been access to a broad and diverse
range of media than any time in the past. Each person is morally obliged
to inform themselves. Your moral obligation to vote, also means that
after your ballot is cast, you are obliged to participate in ensuring
your constituency representatives do not become mere rubber stamps. For
this is what allowed the disgraceful unchristian deeds occur in the
people must elect a government that is a government for all of the
people, and not a Civil Service with a Cabinet attached: for this is
what permitted the abuses of the past to occur. Therefore the onus is on
the electorate to consider very carefully each and every candidate
prior to casting their vote.
fool can place a childish video on social media proclaiming a five Euro
increase in the Aged Pension to be out of this world: whereas a
thinking public representative would be making a case for better
consideration of the elderly in health and transport policies,
particularly in rural Ireland.
The time for serious thinking on the future of Ireland is here.