Enda Kenny has been the leader of Fine Gael since 2002. In that time he has revitalised the party but he has failed to capitalise on the failures of Fianna Fail. Today’s resignation of George Lee is the final nail in the coffin for my support for Enda Kenny.
There needs to be a change of thinking at the top of the party, a change in how policy and where policy comes from. There needs to be more involvement of the grass roots in policy making. This includes actual debates happening at Ard Fheis and National Conference as I have called for in my response to a survey on the upcoming National Conference. (I will post that later)
Its time for Enda to put up or move on. He can bring us so close, but he can not take us over the line. Its simple, there is not going to be a Fine Gael government under the leadership of Enda Kenny. I have come to that realisation now.
I call on Enda to resign the leadership for the good of the party.
So George Lee has resigned from Fine Gael and from the Dáil. This isn’t good news for Fine Gael, George Lee or the people of Dublin South. Its not exactly good news of Fianna Fail either. Labour will probably win the seat in the next by-election.
My own feelings on his resignation is fairly well summed up by the cartoon over on Caricatures Ireland.
It takes more then nine months to make an impact on party policy, you can’t expect a party to defer to your judgement. You can give your opinion, but you can’t write the policy, its not your job.
So again Dublin South is without a representative and they will have to vote again. Lee has thrown their trust back at them and damaged Fine Gael and himself in the process. There is no RTÉ job to go back to.
So George Lee the now former Economics Editor of RTÉ will be standing for Fine Gael in the Dublin South By Election.
Personally I am delighted that George is running for us in Dublin. Hes name was mentioned to me on a number of occasions but I was told he turned us down. How wrong those people were!
George Lee is a man with his finger on the pulse of the Irish Economy. He warned us for years, and people ignored him. But he was right. I hope now he can help improve this country and help fix the mess that Fianna Fail have blindly walked us into. We can no longer ignore it!
It wont be an easy election. No by election is. So far there are six declared candidates for the constituency with Fianna Fail to decide tonight. They have to decide between Shay Brennan and Senator Maria Corrigan.
The other declared candidates are Labour Senator Alex White, Sinn Fein’s party publicity officer, Shaun Tracey, the Green Party’s Elizabeth Davidson and Socialist Workers Party’s Malachy Steenson. There is also an independent candidate, Ross O’Mulllane who is basing his campaign on this idea. Not sure where that is going and it will work in practice.
Any way, Vote George Lee Number 1 in Dublin South!
(The title of this post came from a tweet by Senattor Jerry Buttimer)