The Jemmy Hope Column – Issue 20

“As a people, we are excluded from any share in framing the laws by which we are governed. The higher ranks usurped the exclusive exercise of that privilege, as well as many other rights, by force, fraud and fiction.”

MLA Jim Allister is not someone Jemmy would commend very often. However, there was nothing Traditional Unionist in his work in exposing a grant of by the Department of Social Development (DSD) of £350,000 to a private Lurgan Golf Club under its ‘Neighbourhood Renewal’ scheme for deprived areas deserves acclaim. A member of the club, who is a senior official in DSD, was involved in processing the application and failed to disclose his interest makes it even better. Those who travelled by public transport to the huge anti-water charges march in Dublin city centre on Saturday 10th October did so on the day public transport fares rose – in some instances by 28% or even more. Who approved of this fare jump. The National Transport Authority and who has just vacated the chair of that august authority? Step forward the head of another money-making machine – John Tierney, chairman of Irish Water.


Michael Davit would not be pleased to see who has now declared themselves the leader of the new “Land League”, as it is none other than Jerry Beades, former builder, Fianna Fáil executive member and a good buddy of disgraced former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern.


On the subject of Bertie Ahern, few sane people will have read the recent ‘in-depth’ interview with the former and disgraced Taoiseach in a Sunday paper that will remain nameless. Fewer still will have remained sane after reading it. Jemmy, who merely glanced at the gibberings noted Ahern’s view on job creation – “Well, the Galway Tent, in so far as it was, was a bit of sporting fun. We had CEOs of technology companies and pharmaceutical companies, CEOs of all kinds of companies and we had builders and property developers big and small who were generating a huge amount of jobs for the country there”.


Blueshirt bright middle aged thing, Leo Varadakar, may not have done much of note during his career at the expense of the Irish people but his coining of the phrase a “very sinister fringe” for those involved in water charge protests at least gives him some legacy. But what was he referring to? The dumber and dumber cut?



Or was he referring to the long history of ‘sinister fringes’ in Irish politics. Evident here in this 16th century depiction of a Gallowglass warrior and Irish kerns?