Sunday 25 June 2017

Brendan O'Connor: 'Miriam' moment was when the mask slipped

What would have been outrageous would be not asking McGuinness about religion and IRA murders, writes Brendan O'Connor

DON'T MESS WITH MIRIAM: Attempt to bully Miriam O'Callaghan and
you attempt to bully all of Mna na hEireann, which doesn't look good
DON'T MESS WITH MIRIAM: Attempt to bully Miriam O'Callaghan and you attempt to bully all of Mna na hEireann, which doesn't look good

IT WAS hard to know on Wednesday evening if anyone could bring anything new to another presidential debate. By the middle of last week, with many of them having experienced one or more banana skins, the candidates, apart from Gay Mitchell, were all falling over each other to be as inoffensive as they possibly could be.

Given the erratic nature of people's standings in polls, the race still felt wide open, and rather than anyone trying to win it, all the candidates were mainly trying not to lose it. So no one was trying to get ahead of the others by being, God forbid, inspiring or anything, but all were trying to make sure they didn't make a gaffe that would put them behind the others.

Amazingly, a few of them seemed to think that taking on Martin McGuinness would constitute a gaffe. David Norris even went out of his way to suck up to McGuinness at Wednesday's debate, as if this would encourage McGuinness to tell his supporters to give their transfers to a gay Prod West Brit.

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