Sunday 22 October 2017

Jody Corcoran: t is in all our interests to move on from politics of envy and rancour

Jody Corcoran feels a certain sympathy for John Larkin and Rhona Mahony, who have both borne the brunt of public criticism

Jody Corcoran

Jody Corcoran

I FIND myself having some sympathy for two people in the news, the Attorney-General for Northern Ireland, John Larkin and the Master of the National Maternity Hospital, Rhona Mahony.

The issues which involve both are unrelated in almost every way but one: to explain I should refer to a joke made by President Bill Clinton in 1999, which seems like yesterday but was almost a generation ago.

Frustrated at the lack of progress in the peace process, Clinton likened both sides to drunks in a bar: "When they reach the swing doors, they turn right around and go back in and say, 'I just can't quite get there'."

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