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Lise Hand: Eamon failed to beware Ides of December

Published 14/12/2012 | 05:00

COLM 'Brutus' Keaveney didn't hesitate as he stuck an electronic dagger into the pinstriped toga of Emperor Eamon Gilmore. "Acta non verba!" ("deeds, not words") he tweeted from his seat in the Dail chamber as he pressed the 'Nil' button and voted against the Government's Social Welfare Bill.

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Many deputies did a double-take as his vote blinked red.

There was a general assumption that the captain of Good Ship Labour had quelled any thoughts of mutiny and that Brutus had no intention of perambulating the plank. Alas for Eamon, he should've heeded a Latin tweet posted by Brutus the previous evening. The Galway East TD had borrowed the declaration of Julius Caesar as he led his army across the Rubicon into Italy. "Alea iacta est" ("the die is cast"), he had warned.

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