James Downey: Next step is to get rid of discredited Government
AMID all the overblown laments about past heroes -- Tone, Pearse, De Valera, Collins -- turning in their graves, one name hardly ever makes an appearance.
Yet Sean Lemass would have a better right than any of them to turn in his grave, if he ever wished to do anything so ridiculous. Lemass took over this country in 1959, a time far worse than the present. We had missed out on the miraculous post-war European recovery, stagnating under the rule of a Fianna Fail party that had once been innovative but had become a stale gerontocracy.
The population had fallen to below three million; emigration was 50,000 a year.