Tuesday 28 February 2017

Debate that dare not speak its name

Brendan O'Connor

Brendan O'Connor

Pat Rabbitte
Pat Rabbitte

YOU'D be reminded of the kid in Poltergeist. She's sitting in front of the TV, looking into the white noise and the distortion and she senses the presence of the ghosts. Realising that they are back again, she announces: "They're heeeeere!"

We've all had that sense in the last few weeks. That sense of "Oh God, it's happening again, isn't it?" They're back. And it looks like there could be at least 18 months of it ahead of us.

Once every decade or so, the country likes to get convulsed by a major social issue. Depending on where you are standing, this convulsion is either the pain of the uneasy birth of the 21st Century in Ireland or it's another painful movement in the slide towards a Godless Gomorrah.

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