Tuesday 19 September 2017

Love them or hate them, Wallace and Daly got over the fence, while Ireland sits on it

Shannon Watch handout photo of TD's Mick Wallace and Clare Daly during their alleged attempt to search two planes
Shannon Watch handout photo of TD's Mick Wallace and Clare Daly during their alleged attempt to search two planes
Martina Devlin

Martina Devlin

SO, there we were, fingers jammed in our ears while we looked the other way – our default position if we're afraid of what might be revealed – when Mick Wallace and Clare Daly decided to act as the nation's conscience.

Over the perimeter fence at Shannon they hopped, and on with a couple of hi-vis vests. The TDs had no real hope of penetrating the US military planes parked there, to inspect them for arms, but this was not mission impossible. They had every expectation of headline coverage for their foray, which is now mission accomplished.

That attempted incursion onto the runway is being pilloried on various grounds – from showboating, to an effort by Deputy Wallace to counteract his offside trip to the World Cup.

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