Politicians have to maintain the illusion there is no miracle they can’t perform

Events in Roscommon these past weeks show that politicians will never hesitate in making a step ladder of the people to get at a vote that could go to an opponent. The proximate political problem about the decision to axe 24/7 A&E at the County Hospital stems from the reckless promise made by the Fine Gael health spokesman Dr James Reilly to retain medical, surgical and other services, and to reinstate 24/7 A&E if necessary; and the fateful decision of …

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Closing hospitals and the ‘ungovernability’ of Roscommon…

The people of Roscommon are a formidably independent bunch. They are under no illusions why they send TDs to Dublin. It is to defend the parish from the cutehoors and Jackeens of Dublin: no more; no less. No one puts the least store in the county council, since Jack Lynch had their teeth removed back in 1977. Sure there are concerns about the state of nation and the knock on effects that has for the local economy, but their TDs …

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