I Give Up

20 June, 2009

So you think that the enormous economic and social problems we are facing will lead to a new era where voters will reject the old politics of croneyism and strokes?    You sincerely believe that anybody convicted of stealing money from the hard-pressed taxpayer would be shunned by the voters in the unlikely event that they have the temerity to put themselves up for election?   Hah!

The following snippets from the coverage of the recent local elections are almost too depressing for words.  

‘Stroke’ sweeps to victory in Loughrea

Fianna Fail member, Cllr Michael ‘Stroke’ Fahy swept the boards ….  with 2247 first preference votes, or 12.3 per cent of all votes cast.   Cllr Fahy was convicted of fraudulently benefiting from €7,055 from Galway County Council but has appealed the conviction, jail sentence and fine of €30,000.

Farmer sentenced to two years’ jail a surprise winner

A FARMER who was sentenced to two years in prison in 2002 for conspiring to steal a Department of Agriculture cheque worth over €20,000 pulled off one of the surprise victories of the election after he topped his local poll.   Michael Clarke, of Beltra, polled 1,408 first preferences in the Dromore area of Co Sligo, getting elected on the first count.   Mr Clarke (47), a former Fianna Fail candidate, said after his election that he had made mistakes in the past “and I acknowledge that”, but added that the “real jury of my peers” had now spoken.

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