Tuesday 25 April 2017

Bit of rock 'n' roll glamour turns mandarin central into mardi gras

Singer Bono of U2 speaks at the European People's Party (EPP) Elections Congress in Dublin March 7, 2014. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett
Singer Bono of U2 speaks at the European People's Party (EPP) Elections Congress in Dublin March 7, 2014. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett
Lise Hand

Lise Hand

THE hall was going about as balubas as a hall-full of polite, earnest, sober, industrious non-Irish members of a centre-right, conservative Christian Democratic party could possibly go.

There was a standing ovation even before he opened his mouth. The room was a forest of glowing mobile-phone cameras held aloft. They laughed at his jokes and cheered every pro-Europe pronouncement. As pizzazz and razzmatazz go at the EPP congress went, this was as rowdy as Mardi Gras in New Orleans.

No doubt about it – Bono was box-office. The U2 frontman was present to add a bit of showbiz sparkle to the running-order of the list of heads of government and EU high-ups speaking at the final session of the congress. And he damn-well near got top billing as support act for the final two performers, Angela Merkel and Enda Kenny.

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