Saturday 25 February 2017

Eoghan Harris: Labour hares intended to hide deeper problems

DOG-POOP distractors. That's my new term for pseudo-issues which deflect public attention from deeper problems. It derives from Dun Laoghaire -Rathdown Council's unhinged new by-laws against unleashed dogs on long tidal beaches between 10am and 7pm, even on the darkest days of winter.

Supporters of the by-laws believe they will prevent dogs like my two small terriers -- whom I always clean up after anyway -- pooping on the long rocky tidal beach at Seapoint. This is a brazen dog-pooper distractor, given that last week I had to swim in human slurry at Seapoint when the pipe at the West Pier overflowed. Be back to that later.

At a national level, there were two Labour-led dog-poop distractors. First, Minister of State Alan Kelly's proposal to cut subsidies to private schools.

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