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Louise O'Keeffe has courage, our leaders do not

Kenny and Gilmore were not to be seen when abuse victim fought a lonely battle

Published 02/02/2014 | 02:30

Illustration by Tom Halliday
Illustration by Tom Halliday

ARE we all finished applauding Louise O'Keeffe? All done? Have enough people grabbed a little of the limelight? Enda's had his moment, yes? He got to praise Ms O'Keeffe's "extraordinary commitment". And Eamon Gilmore got his opportunity to tell us how "very profound" the verdict was from the European Court of Human Rights. Fair enough, then. Well done, lads.

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By appearing to be on the side of someone of such immense courage, who fought so determinedly for what was clearly a just cause, these men get to associate themselves with courage, with determination. They demonstrate their affinity with just causes. Well done indeed, lads.

Where were the lads, though, when Louise O'Keeffe was a struggling litigant, taking on enormous forces, fighting against overwhelming odds? She is an amazing person. That kind of courage is rare.

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