Tuesday 6 December 2016

Martina Devlin: The best form of defence is still, it seems, to attack

Published 18/02/2010 | 05:00

A still from a broadcast of Oireachtas proceedings shows Defence Minister Willie O'Dea addressing the Dail last night
A still from a broadcast of Oireachtas proceedings shows Defence Minister Willie O'Dea addressing the Dail last night

Willie O'Dea is currently in his John O'Donoghue phase, otherwise known as the denial stage.

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This requires him to adopt the pigeon posture of someone brazening it out: chest puffed out, feet pointing inwards -- a show of blustering defiance, but with fingers and toes crossed.

By denial stage, I don't mean he rejects any wrongdoing. He admits he slipped up, but puts a benign interpretation on events. The minister -- still in office, by the grace of the Greens -- concedes he made a "mistake", with the inference being it's a forgivable one.

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