Thursday 23 March 2017

Beal na Blath becomes a stop on road to healing

Lenihan's speech at the Collins memorial is a crucial milestone, writes John-Paul McCarthy

Set-piece public speaking tends to be somewhat restrained and decorous in this republic, especially by international standards.

This State never really produced anybody over the last 40 years capable of matching Dr Paisley at full gallop.

And none of our heads of government has ever approached former British prime minister Tony Blair's gift for what the Jesuits call eloquentia perfecta, though one former Taoiseach did set some sort of record during the first divorce referendum, in 1986, when he made a solemn speech about family values after a weekend in Paris with his mistress.

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