Saturday 24 June 2017

Ross talked the talk as a TD but can't walk the walk as a minister

Sports Minister Shane Ross (on left) watches Scott Evans’ match in the last 16 of the men’s badminton in Rio de Janeiro. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
Sports Minister Shane Ross (on left) watches Scott Evans’ match in the last 16 of the men’s badminton in Rio de Janeiro. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
Mandy Johnston

Mandy Johnston

Having haplessly become the target for this summer's silly season, Shane Ross is now falling victim to the very treatment that he heaped on his political peers when he was a journalist. Believing that a government made up of schoolteachers, former solicitors and sons and daughters of political dynasties was a failed model, Ross ditched his pen and microphone to storm the political system and free it from cronyism and secrecy.

Now, Ross is learning the hard (and very public) way that practising realpolitik is far more difficult than simply being a political polemicist.

Several of the stances he has taken recently oscillate between nimbyism and populism and have left Ross looking like an urbane Healy-Rae. When it comes to political shrewdness, however, that may be a bit unfair on the Healy-Raes - as Ross has shown little of their political cunning.

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