Nicola Anderson: Foreign media hee-haw at our protesters
Published 21/01/2011 | 05:00
A BRAYING donkey paraded through the streets as diddley-i music blared in the background, a scatter of people dressed up like the Bull McCabe danced around in wellies and a woman bellowed like a banshee in agony. It was a 'Punch' cartoon brought unnervingly to life.
No wonder Sky News and the BBC were lapping up this perfect tableau to demonstrate the ongoing crumbling political chaos and practical anarchy in the 'Republic of Arland'.
No need to mention the fact that the surreal scene outside Leinster House was a piece of street theatre highlighting the failings of the health system and set up very much tongue in cheek by protesters against the running down of services at Navan Hospital.