Monday 23 October 2017

Hold on – did we just react sensibly?

No sympathy: Michaella McCollum Connolly in Peru
No sympathy: Michaella McCollum Connolly in Peru
Nadia Forde

Two cases involving Irish passports. Two families involved in public appeals. Two stories that come to the table ready equipped with lots of print-friendly images and a conveniently pre-written back story.

And yet, from the public in return comes . . . nothing, really.

The cases of both the Halawa siblings and Michaella McCollum Connolly could have been plucked from central casting when it comes to the usual fodder for an outpouring of ill-informed but well meaning public sympathy.

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