Two days away from An Sionnach Fionn sitting in an anodyne hotel conference room with twenty strangers doing ISO Audit training and I wake up to a blather of pontifical grandstanding from Michéal Martin, the leader of resurgent Fianna Fáil. The majority of his speech was devoted to regurgitating well-rehearsed attacks on his party’s (southern) rival’s in Sinn Féin with the odd dig at the DUP. Oh there was a wee bit of flag waving in there too but not of any major kind. Not the type of flag you’d actually run up a flagpole and give an oul salute to. More like those little toy flags on white sticks that they give to children on St. Patrick’s Day to shake as some bloke in a foam leprechaun suit walks by waving at the (usually sodden) crowds.
From the Belfast Telegraph:
“The leader of the Opposition in the Irish parliament has launched his strongest attack ever on Sinn Fein and the DUP’s record in Government.
Fianna Fail’s Micheal Martin accused the two largest Assembly parties of happily exploiting the risks that others took and being mainly motivated by party political interests.
The TD said that both opinion polls and events showed “a clear and growing disillusionment with Government… in significant parts of both communities”, which the Executive, London and Dublin must tackle.
“The greatest responsibility lies with those who spent nearly a decade standing in the way of full implementation of the Agreement,” he said. He hit out at Sinn Fein’s behaviour during the Queen’s visit to Dublin. “Where was Sinn Fein when the British monarch bowed her head in tribute to Padraig Pearse and James Connolly? It was on the street outside chanting and holding protest signs… these were empty and divisive stunts, witnessed by millions,” he said.”
While some have their interpretation of the speech one is tempted to simply remark, “Well, Michéal, fine words are all well and dandy but actions speak louder than words. So perhaps its time to put-up or shut-up?”
As for ISO Auditing the most important thing I learned over two days also has the widest application in the real world: “When in doubt, fuck it out…”
Much like the Irish electorate did to Fianna Fáil in 2011.
- Another Poll – Fianna Fáil Voters Abandon The Fine Gael Fold (ansionnachfionn.com)
- Voting Fianna Fáil – Like A Dog Returning To Its Vomit (ansionnachfionn.com)