Thursday 27 July 2017

John Downing: Taoiseach must act swiftly on redress issue or his words will ring hollow

Campaigners for Justice for Magdalene survivors outside the Dail
Campaigners for Justice for Magdalene survivors outside the Dail

GRACE, generosity and unanimity are rarely seen all at once at Leinster House. So it's not really surprising that when they make a combined appearance it is all too fleeting.

Most unusually, there was no room for cynicism in the Dail on Tuesday night. Powered by the generosity and grace of the Magdalene Laundry women and enabled by a sparkling speech that was well delivered, Taoiseach Enda Kenny had a great triumph.

Yesterday, however, we could feel that warm glow ebb away – displaced not by cynicism but by important questions of practical detail.

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