Monday 5 December 2016

Fine Gael's forced marriage to Independents will fail

Gerard O'Regan

Published 09/07/2016 | 02:30

John Halligan (left) and Shane Ross of the Independent Alliance spurned the Attorney General's advice on the Wallace bill Photo: Tony Gavin
John Halligan (left) and Shane Ross of the Independent Alliance spurned the Attorney General's advice on the Wallace bill Photo: Tony Gavin

That's the thing about us know-alls who have the luxury of sitting on the sidelines. We sound off and pontificate on the ills of the human condition as we see fit - all too ready to cast judgment on what we perceive to be the foibles of our fellow mortals.

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But out there in the wider world, things are a bit different for those who have to try and get by in real time. The theory as spouted by the hurler on the ditch is all very well but it may be of damn all use to somebody battling away at messy and grim reality.

As one time, US president Theodore Roosevelt famously remarked: "It is not the critic who counts... the credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena."

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