Plagiarising Enda Kenny who plagiarises himself

Taoiseach Enda Kenny: his words bear repeating . . . over and over again . . . by FG minions.
Taoiseach Enda Kenny: his words bear repeating . . . over and over again . . . by FG minions.

Bradley Bytes – A sort of political column by Dara Bradley

Fine Gael in Galway West is on an election footing. In fairness, with Government relying on the support of flaky eccentrics like Finian McGrath, John Halligan and Shane Ross, they’ve right to be ready for a snap election.

In order to run a successful campaign, you need spondulas. And so the Blueshirts had the begging bowl out again.

Liam Carroll, the former County Councillor, is the party’s ‘Funding Democracy Club Superdraw’ co-ordinator.

He was tasked with writing to businesses in Galway West and South Mayo, to try and persuade them to get their chequebooks out, and part with their hard-earned cash.

“One of the first things Fine Gael did in Government was to dramatically restrict corporate funding of political parties,” said Liameen.

“This was a key step in bringing transparency to Irish politics, but it also significantly reduced our fundraising potential. All funds used for future election campaigns must come from fundraising.”

So instead of getting big donations from a few, they sought small donations from many. Tickets for the draw were a snip, said Liam, at just €80, and he wanted people to buy two of them.

There were 15 cash lump sums to be won, with the top prize €20,000.

An Taoiseach Enda Kenny, gave a bit of a spiel along with the accompanying literature.

In it, he said: “However, whilst the sense of economic crisis has passed we still have much work ahead of us to ensure that work and opportunity is present for all families across Ireland. Today Ireland also faces other challenges in the areas of housing, and homelessness, in healthcare provision and in providing relief for working families . . .”

It is remarkably similar to his address at the Fine Gael Presidential Dinner, 2016. Accompanying the menu at the Burlington, Mr Kenny gave a welcoming note, in which he said: “And, while the sense of heightened economic crisis has thankfully passed we still have much work ahead of us to ensure that work and opportunity is present for all families across Ireland. Today Ireland faces other challenges in the areas of housing and homelessness, in healthcare provision and in providing relief for working families . . .”

Spot the difference, eh?

And then we looked again at Liam Carroll’s begging letter to businesses. Here’s what Liameen had said: “And, while the sense of heightened economic crisis has thankfully passed we still have much work ahead of us to ensure that future employment and opportunity is present for all families across Ireland. Today Ireland also faces other challenges in the areas of housing and homelessness, in healthcare provision and in providing relief for working families . . .”

A case of FG clones believing if you say something often enough it becomes true.

It’s bad enough that the leader of our country (or his speech writers) are so devoid of ideas they have to do a ‘copy and paste’ job with clichés, without having party apparatchiks plagiarising the nonsense, too.

For more, read this week’s Galway City Tribune.