Sunday 26 February 2017

Ian O'Doherty: What's the Irish for 'do not resuscitate'?

Peeved: Former head of Teanga Seán Ó Cuirreáin has resigned because not enough civil servants speak Irish
Peeved: Former head of Teanga Seán Ó Cuirreáin has resigned because not enough civil servants speak Irish

The Irish have always displayed a remarkable ability to pick the wrong argument at the wrong time. In fact, we seem to have an almost comical capacity to take a step back from things, look at the bigger picture and then completely ignore it as we continue to be bothered only by what happens in our own small world.

That's what' s infuriating about the recent push by Ming Flanagan to have a serious Dáil debate about the legalisation of cannabis. As it happens, I'd broadly agree with him, even though being on the same page as that spoofing little ham is enough to force anyone to have a long, hard look at themselves.

No, my objections to this piece of political pantomime (Mick Wallace obviously has the role of the Widow Twankie, he's been rocking her look for years now) are in the simple fact that now is not the time.

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