Gene Kerrigan: A hard reign should be made to fall. . .
It's time to give our European masters the kicking we've been giving our own people, writes Gene Kerrigan
There was a total power cut at Leinster House at about 5pm on Friday. All power and phone lines went dead. A number of French diplomats present -- and about to leave after a visit to the Taoiseach's office -- must have been nervous, if only for a short while. Unable to leave, perhaps they joked about the Irish Government being unable to pay its electricity bill. Or, an uneasy thought -- was this, at last, a sign that the "fighting Irish" had thrown off their fear and timidity?
Were there insurgent forces outside? Were the diplomats about to be taken hostage? Elsewhere in the city, were German diplomats being seized? Even now, were ransom terms being transmitted to the EU? Were gallows being erected on the skeletal frame of the abandoned Anglo Irish Bank building down at the docks? Would the tumbrils arrive any minute?
While they waited for emergency generators to kick in, it must have been reassuring to know that they were under the protection of the most powerful Irish parliamentary leadership in history.