Time to grasp thorny issue raised by a Rose
'Don't mention the war. I mentioned it once, but I think I got away with it" - Basil Fawlty
The divisive and emotive issue of abortion raised its head this week in the most unlikely of arenas. Had Paddy Power been taking bets on the talking points for the Rose of Tralee in 2016, the odds on any reference to repealing the Eighth Amendment would have been huge.
The Rose of Tralee, our 'lovely girls' competition that we know and love, is hardly renowned for its sparking political repartee. Priding itself on being 'politically neutral', the pageant's mood music is of motherhood and apple pie, where goodness and wholesomeness are the order of the day. In terms of taxing yourself cerebrally, it's probably only a step away from anaesthesia.