Tuesday 30 May 2017

Comment: Pressure on Kenny dialled up by TDs left in dark

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Minister Simon Coveney at the Launch of the National Planning
Framework for Ireland 2040 at Maynooth University. Photo: Damien Eagers
Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Minister Simon Coveney at the Launch of the National Planning Framework for Ireland 2040 at Maynooth University. Photo: Damien Eagers
John Downing

John Downing

The trend is becoming more and more pronounced: the Opposition is pumping up the volume with criticism. The Government is becoming ever more defensive.

The unlovely term Brexit, and all that surrounds it, is grim enough fare for the average citizen. But most people understand that the upcoming EU-UK divorce proceedings could hit them in the pocket, and also have negative consequences for those of us who travel from time to time around these islands marooned in the north Atlantic.

Like Trotsky's summation of war for the ordinary working person: you may not be interested in it - but it could very well be interested in you. This Brexit conundrum will be with us intensively for several years and it could take up to a decade to finally land. That's far from a pleasant thought - but it is realpolitik.

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