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Curtain up for Fine Gael rebels' glee club

The hesitant Reform Alliance could be seen as all showbiz and no substance, writes John Drennan

Published 02/02/2014 | 02:30

CENTRE STAGE: Lucinda Creighton at the Reform Alliance’s rally. Photo: Barbara Lindberg
CENTRE STAGE: Lucinda Creighton at the Reform Alliance’s rally. Photo: Barbara Lindberg

When the spin doctor in chief, PJ Mara, famously launched the second Bertie Ahern campaign with a quip of "It's showtime, folks", the great doyen of spin was immediately rounded on for his display of honesty.

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Ironically, the critique was incorrect on more fronts than the honesty one, for while showtime politics is routinely disparaged in favour of substance, it is no harm for parties to be surrounded by some element of show business.

At a minimum this suggests that they have interesting things to say and there certainly is a shortage of people saying interesting things in Irish politics these days.

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