Thanks to WBS and CLR for this -
ICTU nominated John Hanafin, FF for the Senate, as part of the Labour Panel.
Ciaran Perry, Independent Left Daíl candidate, wrote and asked them why.
I find it incomprehensible that this could have taken place, particularly at a time when there were certainly good left / labour candidates available and when FF are deeply unpopular with the voting public.
Dear Mr. Begg,
As an Independent Dublin City Councillor and a workplace rep for the UNITE trade union I was surprised to receive Seanad election material from Senator John Hanafin highlighting the fact that he had received a nomination to the Labour Panel from the Irish Congress of Trade Unions.
Senator Hanafin is a member of Fianna Fail and I believe that the disastrous economic policies pursued by that party have been primarily responsible for the crisis our country is currently enduring. Those polices were in direct contrast to the stated aims of the ICTU campaign for a “Better, Fairer Way”. Fianna Fail have imposed a 10% pay cut on all public servants, including the low paid. Fianna Fail have subsidised the wealthy at the expense of the poorer sections of society and handed our sovereignty to the European Central Bank.
I do not know Senator Hanafin and I intend no disrespect to him as an individual but he remains a member of a party who have never acted in the interests of the majority of those represented by ICTU. Can you please explain to me how the ICTU could endorse the candidacy of members of either of the two right wing parties in Ireland? I am sure there are enough politically active union members who would be interested in receiving the support of the ICTU in contesting the Seanad elections.
I believe the Seanad is undemocratically elected and currently serves no purpose. I believe it should be abolished but recognise that some politically active union members may see it as a platform to propagate progressive policies.
Cllr Cieran Perry