Government’s poll slide is the result of its own insufferable arrogance The Irish Examiner (Dingle in the News) 5/20/2006
THERE seems to be some surprise at the Government’s fall in the latest public opinion poll showing Fine Gael and Labour 9% ahead of the ruling coalition of Fianna Fáil and the PDs.
The poll was taken at the beginning of the week just after the Taoiseach commanded the airwaves with a virtual media blitz on the weekend celebrating Fianna Fáil’s 80 years in existence. He had major TV and radio interviews — on Ryan Tubridy on Saturday night and the This Week programme with Gerald Barry on Sunday afternoon.
These should have given the Government a boost because Bertie Ahern is running well ahead of his party in popularity. What’s gone wrong? The Government has become a victim of its own insufferable arrogance….
Kerry County Council voted by 20-to-one to allow the people of Dingle to hold a plebiscite on whether the town should be known by a new bastardised Irish name, An Daingean, or by the bilingual combination of Dingle and the old Irish name, Daingean Ui Chuis.
The Kerry county manager announced that the plebiscite would have no effect.
Eamon Ó Cuiv, the Gaelteacht Minister, has said essentially the same thing.
And you thought this is a republic which is supposed to be ruled by the will of the people! Yet we are being fed this contemptible arrogance by officials suggesting it does not matter what the people want; they are going to have to put up with dictation from the top….
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