Who's running this country? It's time for leadership, Brian
ONE of the many excellent books on current affairs which came on the market before Christmas carries the title 'Who Really Runs Ireland?' It prompts an immediate answer: Not the Government anyway. But there are related questions, just as important.
Winston Churchill famously complained that after the cataclysm of World War I, as the floods that had swept away the old Europe receded one could see the "dreary steeples" of Fermanagh and Tyrone emerging from the waters. Nothing much had changed there.
One question now is whether, when we emerge from the present inundation, the institutions that have weighed so heavily on an "independent" Ireland will emerge similarly unscathed and oppressive. In at least one case, the answer is certainly no.