Monday 24 July 2017

Reaching out for a few raw nerves in the Irish Republic

Eoghan Harris

Eoghan Harris

As always I start my Sunday with The Wide Angle on Newstalk. Richard Aldous, in the chair, approaches the anti-Ahern stories with some scepticism. So do barrister Teresa Lowe and European expert Sadhbh McCarthy, who share the novel idea that the Taoiseach should be presumed innocent until found guilty.

But things take a nosedive when the show is joined by John Lee, Political Editor of the Daily Mail. Although not as bad as the monstrous Mail on Sunday (which astoundingly allowed Frank "Colombia" Connolly to set its anti- Ahern agenda) the Daily Mail has been targeting the Taoiseach since last September.

Sadly, Sadhbh McCarthy succumbs to the Stockholm Syndrome and makes some space for Lee's la-la spins on the Ahern affair. Luckily, Lowe continues to take the hard line and leaves Lee floundering in a sea of foolish suggestions -- like saying Ahern should either resign or alternatively step down until it is sorted out.

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