Cultism in Dublin Central: Mary Fitzpatrick and Bertie Ahern?

The cultist tendencies and attitudes evident in this article

did not  start here at this election. In 2007 an important

documentary was made by Ann-Marie Power


showing how a gifted young woman was treated.

A document was left outside houses in Drumcondra early in the

morning proposing a certain voting pattern.

It was delivered in such a rush that it was just left on the pathway.

See document below:

Bertie election Mary Fitzpatrick


Irish Independent (c)

So, the people have spoken against Brian and Bertie

By James Downey

Monday June 08 2009

KILLING two birds with one stone is a rare pleasure. In these elections, the voters of Dublin Central conferred this pleasure on themselves and on the rest of the country.

The electorate at large delivered a crushing verdict on Brian Cowen in the local polls, the European poll and the Dublin South by-election. But in the Dublin Central by-election, they delivered an additional verdict on his predecessor Bertie Ahern. And if ever anyone brought misfortune on himself, the former Taoiseach did.

The by-election candidature of his brother Maurice was always doomed. No Fianna Fail candidate could have won, but a more plausible contender like Councillor Mary Fitzpatrick might have achieved a respectable result.

In the end, Maurice came fifth. So much for the supposed power and skill of the Drumcondra Mafia. And so much for the supposed popularity of Bertie Ahern.

This alpha male dominated his patch for over three decades. Any rivals were driven out ignominiously. Lesser beasts, if sufficiently submissive, could be certain of patronage.

In one by-election campaign, he said he could get his man elected although that man was, in the alpha male’s own words, “a four-time loser”. He succeeded.

For all big beasts, a time comes for retirement, comfortable or otherwise. Bertie’s is comfortable. All the more reason why he should not have made the mistake of returning to the fray, even at one remove.

Is this the end of the Drumcondra Mafia? Will the Ahern family and their friends leave the scene with what grace they can muster, let Councillor Fitzpatrick become the only Fianna Fail TD in the constituency at the next general election, and content themselves with telling fireside tales of the days when Bertie could be sure of two quotas?

It would hardly be their style. They will not want to abandon their vendetta against Councillor Fitzpatrick. On the evidence of the weekend, however, they will have little choice. She cemented her victory over them by heading the poll in her ward in the city council election.

But fascinating as the internal politics of Dublin central may be, it is unimportant by comparison with the wider implications of the by-election results.

The Fine Gael and Labour candidates did well. Both can be expected to enter the Dail at the next general election. But the performances of the winner, Maureen O’Sullivan, and Sinn Fein‘s Christy Burke, are more interesting.

Ms O’Sullivan had the advantages of her own doorstep manner (political aspirants must wonder if they could bottle it) and her status as successor to Tony Gregory. Mr Burke has an equally attractive manner and a genuine track record of community service. Had he been standing as an independent, or as a candidate for a more popular party, he might have won.

The lesson here is that voters will support fringe parties and independents so long as they see them as both credible and electable.

An example is Richard Boyd Barrett in a constituency of a very different kind — Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown. However, their chances of improving their position at coming elections are very limited.

They could depend to some extent on the proposal to form a “broad left grouping”. But this is not at present a plausible proposition, especially when it comes from Sinn Fein.

Any left-wing alliance would have little or no meaning without Labour, and Labour are firmly fixed in the political mainstream.

Besides, anyone with such ideas must be discouraged by the fate of the PDs (albeit in a different part of the political spectrum) and the likelihood that the Greens will soon go the same way.

It is clear from these election results — indeed, it was already clear from the opinion polls — that disaffected Fianna Fail voters have switched to Fine Gael and Labour. This process may not be complete. It is too soon to guess to what extent the fringe may benefit.

But it is not too soon to identify the reasons for which the voters have punished Brian Cowen and humiliated Bertie Ahern.

Fianna Fail want us to believe that our present woes struck us on some recent date, preferably September 29, 2008, the night of the bank guarantee. They arrived out of a clear blue sky. Nobody saw them coming. And nobody in Ireland was to blame. They were due entirely to international factors.

The voters have recognised this for the nonsense it is. They know that Bertie Ahern and Brian Cowen allowed the property bubble to swell, and the banks to speculate, until the greatest boom in Irish history turned into a threat of national bankruptcy.

They would have liked an apology, an acknowledgment and a repudiation. An apology from Fianna Fail is too much to hope for. But Bertie, had he wished, could have acknowledged his part in the calamity; and he could have done it gracefully. And Cowen could have repudiated Bertie’s (and his own) legacy. He did not engage in communist-style denunciation: there are forms of language for these things.

The election results show that they have both been found out. Not by everybody. Some loyalists survive in Offaly. A few survive even in Dublin Central.

But the rest have made up their minds about the former Taoiseach’s share, as well as the present Taoiseach’s share, of the responsibility for past misgovernment and present trouble.
– James Downey

View the documentary from RTE Prime Time from April 3, 2008

There is a section on the House of Prayer followed by a very important commentary on Bertie Ahern.

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