Honesty in Politics
Deaglán de Bréadún
Minister of State Conor Lenihan is getting it in the neck for conceding that FF could well lose the Donegal by-election. “Another gaffe, etc.” But wasn’t he just being honest?
Speaking on RTE’s The Week in Politics programme, Conor Lenihan said: “Everything is there to play for but I would accept from the outset that it is very unlikely that a Government candidate will win.
“We will be at the races but I think it is broadly unlikely that a Government candidate of any kind would win a by election.”
On the other two promised by elections he said: “We have committed to holding those by elections, whatever happens, in the first quarter of next year. They will happen. All I am saying here is, it is a very simple matter of fact really, that it may be that we’re in a general election before then. I don’t know, but I do know that we will try to get this budget through. We’ll try to get the four year programme in place so that we are making the kind of adjustments that will see this country through from recession into recovery.”