First Published in The Irish Daily Mail
Saturday 6th April 2013 – Article Written by Shay Healy
A poll carried out with political parties by a Sunday paper, last week was dull “in extremis” and didn’t look like it was going anywhere.
So what did we discover? We learnt that 90% of Fianna Failers believe in God. They would, wouldn’t they. We also learnt that the ubiquitous three of out four people believe in heaven, while only half believe in hell.
The half who don’t believe in hell are misinformed. The Catholic church told us “there is a hell and all those who die in personal mortal sin, as enemies of God and unworthy of eternal life, will be severely punished by God after death.”
The most informative and revealing statistic in the poll was that Fianna Fail and Sinn Fein, were the top two parties for believing in hell. At 54%, Fianna Fail and Sinn Fein lap it up, when it says, “they that have done good shall go into life everlasting, and they that have done evil into everlasting fire.
Fianna Fail gave away our money and Sinn Fein murdered a lot of people in the name of patriotism.
You can brutalise some of the people all of the time and all of the people some of the time, but when you are brutalising all of the people, all of the time, with unemployment, emigration, water charges, house taxes and at the same time, pensions are being topped up for civil service fat cats and bankers, something has to give.
Fianna Fail committed the sin of pride and screwed up-every bail-out deal they did with the banks and with Europe. They deservedly got blown out of the water at the last general election as payback and despite encouraging signs of a drift back to FF, the only thing of any value they have to work with, is the startling likeness between Michael Martin and Fulham striker, Bulgarian, Dimitar Berbatov
Sinn Fein came to the proper conclusion that even though the IRA, of whom Gerry Adams is not a member, couldn’t be beaten by the British army, time was a-wasting and thirty years of violence was enough. Except too many criminals are suddenly operating ‘neath the mantle of green, so much so that the purity of our patriots is now tainted by murderous, petty, internecine squabbles, extortion and drug dealing. If the top men can’t regain control over their members, the centenary of the 1916 Rising will expose them for the self-serving gangsters they have become and not the inheritors of a glorious Easter rebellion.
Fine Gael are the most consistent mass goers. At 44%, this is a reflection of Enda’s keep-your-head-down until a good Denis O’Brien-free photo op presents itself to him.
A quick look to the right brings into view the terrifying sight of Eamon Gilmore’s square head, full of square ideas. What do you do when the centre cannot hold? Do you pass it to the winger? And should that be the right winger? Or the left winger? We’re looking for reform Eamon and all we get is you and your fellow centre-lefties propping up the tenure of a centre-right leader, who at one time was being paid more than the president of America?
I burst out laughing the first time I heard that. Our pocket-rocket Taoiseach, dealing with a population of 5 million people, was getting more than the leader of the free world, who has to face down crazy North Koreans, massive unemployment and a shortfall of trillions in the exchequer. The existence of hell is, of course, denied by all those who deny the existence of God or the immortality of the soul. 39% of Labour supporters come under that umbrella. They don’t have the wit or determination to believe in God, heaven or hell. They are stuck with a coalition partner who is not very acquiescent to their wishes and it is the women in Labour who have been Eamon’s sternest critics. Serves him right. He hasn’t said an inspiring word….No…Wait. I’ll take that back. I’ve just remembered Eamon was the one who faced down the Vatican and told them we were closing our embassy in the Holy See. And mirabile visu, when Rome tried to override Eamon, our wee Enda told the Vatican to push off.
The closing of the Vatican embassy was interpreted as a rap on the knuckles for the insipid, unworthy response from Rome to the investigation into sexual abuse of children by Catholic priests. It would never have happened, when Charlie Haughey and Bertie Ahern were in power. Under their stewardship, the church got away with paying buttons in compensation to victims of abuse.
The church’s coffers are still full to the brim, but with nobody in the Northern hemisphere giving a toss about them anymore, Eamon Gilmore and Enda included, they have set their GPS for South America. Cynically electing a Latin pope, “Il Papa Salsa” Francis 1, is just the cheap first move.