I received these letters from Michael Dryhurst a gentleman hailing from Four Mile House in Co. Roscommon. I was absolutely honoured to receive these letters from Michael. Despite the fact they didn't get published in the respective publications he forwarded them to I felt it would be a worthwhile exercise to publish them on my own blog (with Mr. Dryhursts permission of course).
Now I'm sure some of you may think that this is some sort of stunt, but all I can do is ask you t take them at face value.
TIME TO RING-IN THE NEW?
I write as one who'll never see 75 again, but am prompted to do so by the observations of Mr.Emmett Corcoran, as reported in your issue of Friday last, 15th August.
And I think Mr.Corcoran is right. For ages we have been governed by mean-spirited, luddite old men, who between them have not a spark of initiative and whatever 'get-up-and-go' they might once have possessed, it has long since got-up and gone. We have a national government of old men, we have a Dial opposition of old men and our parish pump party-political system ensures that only 'yes-men' members of the respective 'Old Boys Club' will be welcomed into the system.
Mr.Corcoran maybe young, but he has been born into the IT age of instant knowledge and information thus he is armed sufficiently to see the appalling inertia which is the hallmark of today's rural Ireland. Nobody cares! Look at the County Councillors who lost their seats in the recent local elections and the pay-off they've received, a pay-off paid by the taxpayer? If I take a job in the private sector and for reasons beyond my control I lose my job, am I compensated for my loss by the tax-payer? No way! And the same should apply to ALL elected persons in our All-Ireland nepotism-riddled political system. Mr.Paddy Kilduff avers all councillors should keep their pay-off because '...they've earned it'. Paddy, tell that to the workers of Carrick-on-Shannon... And tell me Mr.Kilduff, who twisted your arm, and that of your fellows, to be councillors? I don't suppose ego and avarice are part of the mix? So, in my humble opinion, let's have many more youthful candidates contesting all elections, and more power to the elbow of Mr.Corcoran; if only I was young enough to campaign for him.
Long live youth! Consign to the bin the has-beens and never will-be's, who govern us yet know nothing.
As one who will never see again seventy-five, I write to say how encouraged I was to read the sentiments expressed by Mr.Emmett Corcoran in your issue of Tuesday, 5th August.
Encouraged? Well, here's a person ready to take on the entrenched of Leinster House, the grumpy grey-haired old men of Irish politics, who take much so out of the
political-party controlled system, but rarely, if ever, give back anything to the electorate? I mean, take the Taoiseach. I'm sure End Kenny TD is a very honourable man, but in some 32+years in the Dial, what has he actually given to the Irish people, except perhaps the art of lying (eh, for starters, Roscommon Hospital..)? However, by way of a TD's pension, Minister's pension, Party-Leader's pension and Taoseach's pension, we know what Edda Kenny will be taking away from the Irish people by way of pensions, eh? Multiply that by all the Grumpy Old Men in Leinster House shortly to be qualifying for these obscene pensions, and no wonder the country is on its knees economically and from which it will never recover, because all of those pundits view the country through Cliath lenses? Eh, the Emperor's clothes...? If ever there was a time to introduce Term Limits for politicians in Ireland, that time is nigh!
I understand Mr.Corcoran is but 22-years of age, but to his benefit he has been brought-up in the IT age, the age of the Internet, the age of instant information from any part of the world, when at that same age Michael Noonan, Enda Kenny or Joan Burton etc., etc., were wrestling with their 8-track audio tapes... In my humble opinion, we need in the Dial the likes of the Emmett Corcoran's of this world, who see immediately all of the cosiness and incestuosness of Irish party politics which benefit nobody, but nobody. Except, of course, the Status Quo as exemplified by the pique of Pat Rabbitte. And what will be the size of his pension/s?
Go for it Mr.Corcoran, more power to your (independent) elbow and be not afraid to upset the cosy applecart of stagnant Irish politics.. But try to be a conscientious politician; never forget those who supported you, and believed in your ideals.
Emmett Corcoran | Independent Candidate | Roscommon-South Leitrim By-Election | 2014
Brendan O’Carroll pledged €30,000 of his own cash to a guests this morning while hosting the Marian Finucane Show on RTÉ. The Dublin born funny man is filling in for Marian Finucane this weekend on her brunch time radio slot. He had a number of guests on this morning's show to talk about Ireland's “new poor” and to giv e the public an insight into their personal stories. One of his guests,"Eddie" talked about how he has struggled in finding a new job in retail at the age of 61.
Eddie was later identified locally as Ned Molloy of Granard, Co Longford.
According to sources, "Eddie" previously owned the SuperValu in Granard with 49 employees at it's height. He told O'Carroll that he has a business idea that is certain to work but was struggling to find funding to get started up. O’Carroll responded to Eddie's tale of woe with a more than generous offer. “I’ll put €30,000 quid in front of you and see if that idea works.”
“I am a very very lucky guy, I have a movie [Mrs Brown’s Boys D’Movie] out this weekend and its going to make me a fortune!” OCarroll added.
His investment offer was met with shock (understandably) by the guests in studio but O’Carroll laughed it off saying “you being 61 and me being 50-ish we’ll show just what two old men can do.” He attached one important caveat though, and told Eddie if his business plan does work, “you're not to dip into it now and start going playing golf”.
O'Carroll is already known for his generosity. The actor and comedian donated €350,000 last Christmas to St Vincent De Paul and Irish Autism Action following the CRC scandal.
I must say that when I hear stories like this I have my faith in the future of Ireland restored. With the gap between the rich and poor forever growing, it is so impressive to see a very successful individual like Brendan being so generous with his good fortune. The "pay it on" attitude, believe it or not, often inspires further good will toward our fellow man.
It is safe to say that today there are at least three men a bit happier than they were when they woke up this morning, Mr. Molloy for getting the investment he needs to start life all over again at 60+, Brendan O'Carroll for being able to make the dream of one down-on-his-luck businessman come true, and me, myself and I as I am reassured that there is still some hope for the future, as long as there are generous people like Brendan, Innovative people like Eddie and the entrepreneurial spirit of the Irish!
"If you're willing to keep moving forward, eventually you will succeed."
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