Feb 182010
 

What an awful curse amnesia is, and how doubly-cursed Fianna Fáil is to suffer from so much of it.

Brian Lenihan Snr had a severe attack of it.  In May 1990,  he admitted to a researcher that he had tried improperly to influence the President’s decision on dissolving the Dáil.

Later that year, when he himself was a Presidential candidate, on “mature recollection” he remembered that what he had said in a taped interview was wrong.  He denied trying to influence the President, Patrick Hillery and tried unsuccessfully to meet Hillery and persuade him to back up the story.

In the resulting furore, under pressure from the small lapdog coalition party, the PDs, Charlie Haughey sacked his “friend of 30 years” from his ministerial post, and Lenihan’s presidential challenge was scuppered.

Lenihan and Haughey had little respect for the democratic workings of the country.  Lenihan once boasted on national television that he had offered a policeman a choice when he intruded in a pub serving drink after hours: have a pint or a transfer.  And everybody, including the Late Late Show host yukked.  What a hoot you are, Brian One law for Fianna Fáil and another for the rest of us.

During all this chicanery, Lenihan’s election agent was Bertie Ahern, a man who is no stranger to amnesia himself.  Ahern suffered from many bouts of amnesia during the Tribunal investigations, preventing him from answering crucial questions about his sources of money.

And now we have Willie O’Dea, whose case bears an eerie similiarity to the Lenihan affair of twenty years earlier.

There’s the affidavit, denying that he ever said anything defamatory.

There’s the inappropriate dealings with an institution of the State: the High Court.

There’s the sudden horrified retraction and improved recollection when confronted with the reality of journalist  Mike Dwane’s recording.

There’s the contempt for democracy displayed by O’Dea, his boss Cowen and his colleague, the minister for justice.  Anyone else swearing a false oath to the High Court would be facing charges, but Willie was able to claim that he made a mistake.

Not everybody yukked this time, but his friends and party colleagues did. What a hoot you are, Willie One law for Fianna Fáil and another for the rest of us.

In a final symmetry, it seems that Cowen will be forced to shaft his political buddy at  the insistence of the small lapdog coalition partner, the Greens.

What a pity the Green Party — now a party with no direction, no principles and no strategy — couldn’t manage one final act of redemption before it inevitably tears itself apart.  What a pity the Greens couldn’t grow a pair of organic balls and tear down this dreadful criminal conspiracy of a government that has destroyed our country.

Willie O’Dea is no doubt a cynic, a blusterer and a bully, but he’s only a symptom of the underlying infection.

Fianna Fáil is the abscess.  Willie is only the pimple.

  14 Responses to “Affidavits, Damned Affidavits and Statistics”

Comments (14)
  1.  

    We cant wait 2 yrs to get rid of these liars, imbeciles and clowns. Lets get a petition together or send 100 000 emails to Clowan and the Dail, on all the issues! C`mon we have the tech, all we need is the drive, to get a petition together and show them we mean business. Have we forgotten the men and woman who went before, to earn us the right of freedom. We now live in chains shackled by debt, lies, corruption and incompetence. Have we forgotten, or do we still have the right to a decent future ………………

    IRISHMEN AND IRISHWOMEN: In the name of God and of the dead generations from which she receives her old tradition of nationhood, Ireland, through us, summons her children to her flag and strikes for her freedom.

    Having organised and trained her manhood through her secret revolutionary organisation, the Irish Republican Brotherhood, and through her open military organisations, the Irish Volunteers and the Irish Citizen Army, having patiently perfected her discipline, having resolutely waited for the right moment to reveal itself, she now seizes that moment, and, supported by her exiled children in America and by gallant allies in Europe, but relying in the first on her own strength, she strikes in full confidence of victory.

    We declare the right of the people of Ireland to the ownership of Ireland, and to the unfettered control of Irish destinies, to be sovereign and indefeasible. The long usurpation of that right by a foreign people and government has not extinguished the right, nor can it ever be extinguished except by the destruction of the Irish people. In every generation the Irish people have asserted their right to national freedom and sovereignty; six times during the last three hundred years they have asserted it to arms. Standing on that fundamental right and again asserting it in arms in the face of the world, we hereby proclaim the Irish Republic as a Sovereign Independent State, and we pledge our lives and the lives of our comrades-in-arms to the cause of its freedom, of its welfare, and of its exaltation among the nations.

    The Irish Republic is entitled to, and hereby claims, the allegiance of every Irishman and Irishwoman. The Republic guarantees religious and civil liberty, equal rights and equal opportunities to all its citizens, and declares its resolve to pursue the happiness and prosperity of the whole nation and all of its parts, cherishing all of the children of the nation equally and oblivious of the differences carefully fostered by an alien government, which have divided a minority from the majority in the past.

    Until our arms have brought the opportune moment for the establishment of a permanent National, representative of the whole people of Ireland and elected by the suffrages of all her men and women, the Provisional Government, hereby constituted, will administer the civil and military affairs of the Republic in trust for the people.

    We place the cause of the Irish Republic under the protection of the Most High God. Whose blessing we invoke upon our arms, and we pray that no one who serves that cause will dishonour it by cowardice, in humanity, or rapine. In this supreme hour the Irish nation must, by its valour and discipline and by the readiness of its children to sacrifice themselves for the common good, prove itself worthy of the august destiny to which it is called.
    ………..

    Who will be first to sign the petition?

  2.  

    The Prick has resigned. There is a God. Bye Bye twat. You and bertie can have a pint and laugh about how you dodged a Garda investigation by resigning. I wonder how much his pension will cost us an our children? So much for your smirking and laughing in the Dail the last 2 days now, wanker.

  3.  

    “Fianna Fáil is the abscess. Willie is only the pimple.”
    Excellent summing up, Bock.
    Fianna Fail are a cancer in Irish society. It will have to cut out and thrown away for the sake of future generations.

  4.  

    Is FF next?
    Anyone who said that O’ Dea was a mighty man, should consider their position (i.e. go away!!!) now too e.g. Cowen, all of FF, Mary H. and the Greens!

  5.  

    Oh dear. Someone yearning to repeat the (hi)story, hm? All you might need then, were a re-born Dev. and, of course, the very Primate (sic) – for the essential parts in the constitution. Good night, and good luck. :)

  6.  

    Bock I heard that the FG mayor of Limierick says he’s sorry he’s gone and it’s all the Greens fault??

    Is this true? Exactly what has O’Dea done for Limerick apart from making sure that Dell went to Poland and Shannon slots flew away. Has he stopped all the gangland activity? Singlehandedly regenerated the place?

    Or is this another case of a local politician speaking first before thinking or is there going to be a Limerick secession from the country?

  7.  

    He’ll have plenty of time for funeral hopping. Good fucking riddance it’s about time.

  8.  

    Haha! I hope you heard the weasel being mugged on Drivetime a few weeks ago, when he tried to blame the failure of the response on the county councils. The FG spokesman actually had teeth, and pulled out the document written by WOD a couple of years earlier, in which he said that weather problems like floods & snowstorms were the responsibility of the govt.

    “Willie O Dea, did you say that?”

    “Well, let’s look at the situation today…”

    “Willie O Dea, did you say that?”

    “Well, if the country councils…”

    “Willie O Dea, did you say that?”

    “But the response is the…”

    “Willie O Dea, did you say that?”

    “Now hang on, it’s”

    “Willie O Dea, did you say that?”

    “Yes”.

    After that kick to the scrotum, he then used the excuse that nobody could have known that the weather would stay so bad for so long. The interviewer then played the weather forecast from 3 weeks earlier, when a long spell of bad weather was predicted.

    It was a thing of beauty, to hear the shifty weasel forced to eat his own words.

    Hopefully, this is the last of the little gurrier, at least on the national stage.

    God save Limerick.

  9.  

    Mark — I don’t even know who the FG mayor of Limerick is. Why would I care what some arsehole councillor thinks? They’re all the same, all over the country.

  10.  

    Mark is right, he was on primetime last night in his chain, bemoaning poor Willie, and what the dastardly Greens have done to him, after all he has done for limerick. Seriously, I couldnt believe it, until it was pointed out to me that he probably understands the mentality of the Irish electorate, who will now surely elect WOD with an even bigger majority than ever before, out of sympathy, plus to stick it to the D4 greens who got our man, you know the way. That SF guys career may well be over (unless he has good hardcore support), and the mayor is getting on side fast with the people of Limerick. Its pretty depressing all in all.

  11.  

    Morning Ireland’s vox pop from Limerick was just as depressing with most of the interviewees claiming that he was the best representative Limerick ever had – he has done so much for Limerick. What has the little fucker ever done? Where do they find these people?

  12.  

    They spoke to 3 or 4 people. Hardly a scientific sample of Limerick opinion.

  13.  

    Agree Bock. Mayor of Limerick is a total Gobshite second only to Cathal Crowe

    Incidentally, I see that Crowe has purged all comments critical to Willie O’Dea from his silly facebook page.

  14.  

    What a gobshite

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