Monday 20 February 2017

It's past time-to-go time, Enda - political life is unfair and brutal

Published 18/07/2016 | 02:30

An Taoiseach Enda Kenny, TD
An Taoiseach Enda Kenny, TD

Anyone out there remember the "Border Fascist"? It was an annual send-up of local newspapers which appeared in the pop magazine Hot Press. Though its focus was on places to the north of this island, its crazy take on life had great resonance for this writer who spent many years patrolling the local newsbeat at the other end of the country.

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Hands up! My wages were paid in the first and second newspaper I ever worked at by the revenue from small advertisements. A big portion of that was the "In Memoriam" notices from people recording how they missed their nearest and dearest.

These notices included heart-felt verses, some picked from an offered menu, and others composed by the bereaved relatives themselves. WB Yeats and his colleagues were not ubiquitous.

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