Saturday story of the week: the 31st Dail

I haven’t done a Saturday Story of the Week for a long time (Saturday has become a sort of unoffical Sabbath day from blogging).

But worth simply marking a historic week in Irish history with the appointment on Ash Wednesday of Enda Kenny as Taoiseach (by a record majority vote) and the installation of the 31st Dail with a new Fine Gael / Labour Government (with a huge majority).

Fine Gael are for the first time in Irish history the biggest party in the Dail.

Fianna Fail, the party of Government for 61 of the last 79 years, lost roughly 75% of their TDs in an election rout. The Greens have disappeared. Gerry Adams has appeared.

I wish the new Government well and pray that they will lead with integrity, wisdom and courage. Given the ticking time bomb of combined national & private debt owed by the state, they will need bucket loads of all three.

Some wit in the letters section of the Irish Times noted the appropriateness of the day and wondered if Ireland’s ‘Lent’ will last for 40 years rather than 40 days.

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2 thoughts on “Saturday story of the week: the 31st Dail

  1. Been following all of this…have been and will be praying. It would probably be better if Ireland could avoid observing a forty year ‘Lent’. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Having spent most of our time in churches born out of the Holiness movement, my husband and I were ignorant of any of the traditions of Ash Wednesday until we visited Ireland. We happened to arrive on that day. When our host let us into our rental house, we noticed a very big smudge on his forehead and wondered if we should let him know it was there. It wasn’t until we went into town and saw that others were sporting the same look that we realized what was going on – and felt thankful that we hadn’t tried to let him know that he had “a little something” on his face. ๐Ÿ™‚

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