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Martina Devlin: Kenny leads from behind in battle for fairer society

Published 24/11/2011 | 05:00

Observe the sons and daughters of Ireland marching towards another Somme. Towards carnage on an epic scale, just as during that protracted World War One conflict 95 years ago.

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Courage and patriotism are motifs in Frank McGuinness's play -- keynotes dusted down again today to brace us for austerity. But another theme unites play and present: a sense of waste.

Economic war is being waged here and, in common with traditional warfare, a bloodbath is inevitable. But pain will not be all-inclusive. Already we can see battle positions taken up; generals positioned well back from the frontline and foot soldiers readied as cannon fodder.

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