Friday 2 December 2016

Both civility and courage are needed in Irish politics

Published 26/07/2015 | 02:30

‘Rabbitte produced an irrelevant anecdote about a builder to which he attached a cheap personal jibe, much as a bad builder attaches a gimcrack extension to a house’
‘Rabbitte produced an irrelevant anecdote about a builder to which he attached a cheap personal jibe, much as a bad builder attaches a gimcrack extension to a house’
'Luckily for Irish politics, Ciaran Lynch, the chairman of the Banking Inquiry, was determined the inquiry would not descend to a show trial'

Ciaran Lynch and Barack Obama have a common concern. Both want to preserve civility in democratic discourse.

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In private life civility means respect for others. But what might it mean in politics?

A clue can be found in the etymology it shares with words like civilised. Basically it means to be "a member of the household".

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