Apart from the mild attempt at humour I have a rhetorical question which might provoke some interesting responses.
When I think back over what I know of Irish history there are two major external influences on Irish culture which have had such an impact that I think they may have actually derailed the development of local political thought altogether.
To be specific Irish society when it was free of external influences adhered to Brehon Law and to the Sept system of civil organisation.
To a certain extent I believe the Sept system still lies hidden under our apparent democracy. In the rural areas we have well-known charlatans whose career would be finished in some other European countries laying down the old 'I may be a devil but I'm your local devil' system- John O'Donoghue, Willie O'Dea, and Quinn Insurance's new bestest fwiends.
It seems very easy for charlatans to make out that 'them Dublin crowd' have it in for them and to play the old 'I'm being bullied' card.
Did we ever really develop a commitment to democracy- do we even understand that democracy calls for an understanding of national interest?
What do others think?
Here is wiki explanation of the word 'Sept' http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sept
and a link for the Brehon Laws (interestingly someone has changed the title on wiki from 'Brehon Laws' to 'Early Irish Law'). http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Early_Irish_law