In Reply to: re: The Castlebar Project posted by jackobite on April 27, 2016 at 11:50:06:
Remember now - FF were in power when they wrecked the country - the root cause of the emigration we have seen.
Fine Gael and Labour had to pick up the pieces with some very unpopular decisions - but nonetheless decision that appear to be working in that we have the fastest growing economy in Europe (granted from a low base). Jobs are on the rise dropping below 10% and now about 8% unemployment. Michael Noonan forecasting another billion available there today to spend on hospital, schools, etc. Central Bank predicting economic growth will exceed that prediction in last year's budget. Car sales are shooting up even in Mayo God Help Us.
Of course people remember the hardship, job losses, emigration, pay-cuts, shortage of money, etc., that Fianna Fail wreaked on the country and I suspect no matter how successful the coalition were in cleaning up the mess they left behind, they were going to be punished by the voters who suffered from the crash and the austerity that was so painful, but is gradually working, restoring the economy to something like a modern first world economy.
Of course some of this recent surge has taken place over the past 61 days when we had no government. So maybe this is your answer Jackobyte - make sure you don't vote an easy majority or coalition and then we head into a series of elections back to back with only the permanent government running the country with safe hands.