Last Saturday some ordinary decent people turned up to the march to be held in St. Stephen’s Green which was closed. There was no big riot. Even Sinn Fein, SF, have joined in with the FG chorus and Leo on the PR Piano. Sinn Fein would know about Riots – but they should step back now and review the true facts behind last Saturday. Yes there were morons and thugs there out to cause trouble but they were a small Minority, not from the FAR LEFT as Drew Harris MI6 said; which he later had to withdraw this comment. The Irish people voted for CHANGE; they got nothing but an every week Circus and the Clowns to go with it. First we have Barry Cowen driving around with a Dog Licence and then Sacked and Stabbed in the Back by Martin; then we had Golfgate and Darragh Calleary (Headstone Jaws) losing his job as Minister for Bull and Horse. Then we had Big Phil who visited more counties in one day than the Wild Geese and he too got the Hatchet by the Viper Martin and Leo the Leak. FF were once a Proud Party; they claimed to be Republican; they Split with the Blue Shirts in 1922. At that time the Blue Shirts had deep connections to Far Right Stasi type Parties across Europe. Now we have FF sharing the double poster with the Far Right including Leo and the Pink Parade. This is not what the people of Ireland voted for. The People want a Government who do not operate on SOUNDBITES and giving interviews at night to various selective media outlets. Martin is the biggest Clown that ever led a Party. He will take FF or let me put this another way, he has in fact taken the Party to its knees and Leo is having the last Laugh. This morning when I heard Claire Byrne on RTE saying why didn’t the Gardai use Water Cannons; I could not believe what I was hearing. The real Truth is that Donnelly has lost the Plot; a convert to FF and a Muppet. Where are the FF Backbenchers? Cowardly is putting it too mildly. Our media only select what they want to print but let us never forget the Maurice McCabe case and the Words of Judge Peter Charlton “I have never witnessed more lies being said in one room in all of my legal career. Enough Said. Fred

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‘Voters will just walk away’ — TDs fear lure of fringe may sway opinion

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Senior Government figures have conceded that unless they improve their communications with the electorate, the possibility of demonstrations by ‘ordinary decent citizens’ rather than Saturday’s ‘sinister fringe’ are high.a group of people walking down the street: Pleas are being issued to save the people of Cork from the the same horror after rioters hurled fireworks and flares as well as bottles at gardaí. Pic: Damian Eagers/PA Wire© Provided by Extra.ie Pleas are being issued to save the people of Cork from the the same horror after rioters hurled fireworks and flares as well as bottles at gardaí. Pic: Damian Eagers/PA Wire

The concession comes amid the recognition that the Coalition’s communications strategy has failed, with Tánaiste Leo Varadkar telling Newstalk’s On The Record that attacks on the communications strategy by his party’s TDs were, ‘fair criticism, in my view’.

Mr Varadkar added that as they have a sustainable plan, ‘we now have a responsibility to communicate this’.a man holding a sign: Protesters and Gardai clashing during an anti-lockdown protest in Dublin city centre on Saturday. Pic: Artur Widak/NurPhoto/REX© Provided by Extra.ie Protesters and Gardai clashing during an anti-lockdown protest in Dublin city centre on Saturday. Pic: Artur Widak/NurPhoto/REX

The Tánaiste’s warning came against a backdrop where, even before the Grafton Street riot, an ongoing failure of communications has, according to the polls, eroded public consent for the Government’s pandemic strategy.

All parties agreed that the Grafton Street event was a riot rather than a protest.

However, the level of violence has accelerated growing concerns within Government over the level of public alienation and the potential for some event to be the catalyst for civil disobedience.Leo Varadkar wearing a suit and tie standing in front of a brick building: Tánaiste Leo Varadkar said that attacks on the communications strategy by his party’s TDs were, ‘fair criticism, in my view’. Pic: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ie© Provided by Extra.ie Tánaiste Leo Varadkar said that attacks on the communications strategy by his party’s TDs were, ‘fair criticism, in my view’. Pic: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ie

One senior minister warned: ‘Protests by a sinister lunatic fringe are not our concern. We are more worried about the potential for silent acts of civil disobedience or that we will have some reprise of the water charges, where ordinary decent citizens will say they have had enough.’Or, worse still, they added: ‘The voters will just walk away, they will do the Irish thing of saying they support the Government’s measures, Message: while simply ignoring them.’

The warning came against a backdrop where ministers across Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil believe that public compliance is at a tipping point.

Significantly, ministers in both main Government parties believe that the Taoiseach, Micheál Martin, should ‘pick up the slack, talk to the people and bring them with him’.a hand holding a video game remote control: An anti-lockdown protester burns a face mask during a protest in Dublin city centre on Saturday. Pic: Artur Widak/NurPhoto/REX© Provided by Extra.ie An anti-lockdown protester burns a face mask during a protest in Dublin city centre on Saturday. Pic: Artur Widak/NurPhoto/REX

Unease is also growing in Fianna Fáil that, ‘the problem is Micheál. This is Micheál’s communications meltdown.

‘It begins and ends with the Taoiseach. Everything else is window dressing.’

The Taoiseach, they said, ‘will have to find a better method of communications than the current “Micheál-splaining”. If he doesn’t, the next demonstrations may be by ordinary decent citizens rather than the sinister fringe’.

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