BIRR businessman James Fanning has announced this week that he is throwing his hat into the General Election ring.
Mr Fanning is 36 years of age and is Managing Director of Midland Web Printing, which is based in Birr.
He feels that new thinking is needed, the system needs to be reformed, and Ireland needs to become a proud country once again.
In a statement issued to the press this week he commented that, “The last 12 months has left most of Ireland numbed and shocked by the debacle created by those that we would call the political establishment.
“If my grandfather, the late JI Fanning had seen what we have just witnessed I am sure that he would have used a few expletives to sum up the incompetence and inadequacies that has led to the current predicament that Ireland faces,” he said.
Complaining of Ireland’s financial state he said “the Government has borrowed enough money to last until 2013. What are we going to do then? At that stage it will be too late to restructure and instead of facing the closure of one or two private banks we will be looking at a sovereign default of the Irish state.
“That is why we must speak up. Too many of us have remained quiet as we relied on our politicians to sort out the mess. But they have made it worse as too many of them have been brought up in narrow, parish pump politics and are not equipped with the financial or business acumen that is required when dealing with a financial mess of this magnitude,” he said.
He said this financial crisis problem is so big that it affects everything that we want to do now and in the foreseeable future.
“Many people have put forward the idea of a national government, but that can only work if we decide who are the best people to lead our country and not somebody who is steeped in parish pump politics and doesn’t possess the broadness of mind and courage that is the mark of great political leaders. We have to put our country before our own self interests if we are to get through this,” he said.