Gilmore and Quinn have their Oscar Wilde moments

The report in the Irish Independent leaves no doubt as to the double dealing of the Labour Officer Corps. maybe it is impending old age but Ruairi, I am disappointed in you. Gilmore – once a Stick always a Stick – no change there! God be with the days when “Old Labour” meant saying what you mean and meaning what you say. Oscar Wilde isn’t the only lad who wants it both ways.
I wonder will Fergus Finlay try to defend this piece of political sophistry.
What about it Fergus? would Dick do this if he was still on the pitch. I
don’t think so. Imagine the embarrassment of having to agree with Dermot Ahern!

Quotes from Oscar Wilde come to mind “Consistency is the last refuge of the unimaginative” and ” You can survive everything, nowadays, except death, and live down everything except a good reputation.” and “I can resist anything but temptation” and “The only way to get rid of temptation is to yield to it”.

Like Oscar, you wanted it both ways – metaphorically of course.

Quinn defends stag vote as chance to topple Coalition

By Michael Brennan Political Correspondent

Tuesday July 06 2010

FORMER Labour leader Ruairi Quinn last night justified his party’s decision to vote against the stag hunting ban by saying it was an opportunity to bring the Government down.

But he confirmed the statement made by his party leader Eamon Gilmore that it would not overturn the ban if it got into Government — a position the party had not previously disclosed.

“We certainly would seek to have it properly amended and approved but we are not in favour of returning to the status quo before last week,” he said.

In the Dail last week, Labour’s chief speaker Willie Penrose had not
revealed this stance and had concentrated instead on condemning the ban as an attack on rural Ireland.

But Mr Quinn said one of the reasons his party had last week voted against the Wildlife (Amendment) Bill, to outlaw deer hunting with packs of dogs, was because it was a chance to bring down the Government.

“One of the duties of the opposition in good times is to hold the Government to account.

“In times of crisis, it is to bring down the Government as quickly as
possible. We would have been derelict in our duty if we hadn’t,” he said.

Fig leaf

Mr Quinn also said the bill was contradictory and was a “fig leaf” for the
Green Party which Labour did not want to go along with. He denied that
Labour’s opposition had been motivated by a desire to attract more rural
voters.

“We already have the rural voters. For many years we were told we had too many rural TDs and not enough urban TDs,” he said.

Justice Minister Dermot Ahern criticised Labour yesterday over its stance on the stag-hunting legislation, saying the party had carried out a U-turn which was the “height of hypocrisy”.

Party leader Eamon Gilmore, Mr Quinn and other Labour TDs had previously stated their opposition to blood sports, including stag hunting.