This is a personal blog written by me, Rob Hartnett.
The general election of 2011 was important. Ireland has been taken to the brink of the cliff by the outgoing government and now has an opportunity to begin to repair the damage. The old certainties are gone now. Ireland was never one of the richest countries in the world but as a nation we chased that dream and spent accordingly. We were wrong and the political leadership we elected last time and the times before did not lead. They say they made hard choices. They did not, they made wrong choices but many more than the elected few were responsible.
The Irish people had the chance in February 2011 to choose a government that would represent their needs, their hopes and aspirations for the future. We should not just accept that we will breed and train our children for an emigrant future. We must make the choice to change the way politics is conducted.
The people’s mandate, as determined by those elected, has given us a coalition of Fine Gael and Labour. This blog aims to keep pressure on those in government to fulfill a programme for government that will heal the damage done in the past few years and build a better Ireland.