Dev's green-tinted Utopia suddenly looks a very dark place for comely maidens
Comely maidens. Oh the bitter irony. This shining ideal of Irish womanhood high-stepped their way into the Dail chamber yesterday, red curly hair flying, emerald-green eyes shining, precious virtue intact.
The Taoiseach was invoking the famous phrase attributed to Eamon de Valera as he announced the setting-up of a statutory inquiry into Ireland's mother-and-baby homes.
"It's not about a situation of comely maidens dancing at crossroads. This is an issue for Ireland today, to deal with now," he told Fianna Fail's Micheal Martin.