Sunday 23 July 2017

When proud Paddy comes out to play, there's no ignoring us

Enda unveils Inner Eejit but at this time of year the world listens – after all, everyone wants to be Irish

Supporters cheer Ireland's players during their Six Nations rugby union match against France at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, near Paris, March 15, 2014. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier
Supporters cheer Ireland's players during their Six Nations rugby union match against France at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, near Paris, March 15, 2014. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier
Declan Lynch

Declan Lynch

'Call me any time. . ." There have been suggestions that in declaring his phone line open, Enda Kenny has once again let his Inner Eejit off the leash, as we are all obliged to do at this time of year.

It may be more complicated than that. It must be borne in mind that when he said he would take a call, any time, he was not talking to the lunchtime drinkers at the bar of The Beaten Docket in Cricklewood.

It was the US Chamber of Commerce he was addressing, and as such, the Taoiseach was probably telling them something they already know – that if you're wealthy or influential enough, you can indeed call him any time.

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