With storm clouds gathering around the second coming of Leo Varadkar to the tanistry, the public purse strings are opening again to secure a new funding stream for the diversity lobby in Ireland.
Announced Monday by the Department of Local Government, a new €215,000 funding pool is to be ruled out to augment the number of women and ‘people of diversity’ running in the 2024 Local Elections.
Doled out to 8 political parties, initiatives for receiving funds include the appointment of women and equality officers, the running of women focused recruitment drives etc etc.
Small change when it comes to political financing, the internal shift within political parties and impact Irish politics will dwarf the grant system.
One of many measures to increase diversity in council chambers, in 2021 Minister for Local Government Peter Burke introduced similar funding streams for pro-diversity initiatives, this time directed towards local authorities themselves.
Clear to all outside certain bubbles, this grant scheme represents more as a form of social engineering if not direct grubby backhander to political favourites.Indicative of the institutional capture at play at a state level, without question the moves run contrary to the democratic principle of the Irish public selecting politicians of their choosing than who simply tick a ethnic or gender box.
Tailored to alter our politics at a local level, the nation’s political apparatus is playing catchup for the vast demographic change which is ongoing at the present time. Destined to mimic the type of dysfunctional racial politics we see across the West, it on many levels flies in the face of the type of political bribery prohibited under SIPO regulation.
While various NGOs have been kite flying specific quota systems for diverse candidates, it is increasingly clear that the progressive lobby has picked up enough momentum within the halls of power to push the envelope on such plans.
The infrastructure of the new diverse Ireland requires a new intricate system of jobs for the boys of which this scheme best embodies. Leinster House is working hard to fill the troughs for a compliant political system and were all picking up the tab.