Tuesday 28 March 2017

Amid the frustrations, Enda might recall Fine Gael's moment of 'Irexit' with the UK

I wonder if Enda ever casts his mind back to the decisions of his direct predecessor in Fine Gael, John A. Costello, who, in a reversal of the current situation, took the 26 counties - then called
I wonder if Enda ever casts his mind back to the decisions of his direct predecessor in Fine Gael, John A. Costello, who, in a reversal of the current situation, took the 26 counties - then called "Eire" - out of the Commonwealth back in 1948 Photo: Fox Photos/Getty Images

When Enda Kenny was asked by a BBC reporter how he found Theresa May when they met at the end of last week, he answered: "Great fun". This was described as "gnomic", or evasive. Maybe the Taoiseach is right to be evasive, as you can't go into a poker game showing all your cards.

It is evident that the Government is, at best, extremely displeased, and at worst, absolutely furious, with Britain in general - and the Brexiteers in particular - for the decision to quit the EU. And understandably so - it has put Ireland in a difficult situation, and there will be many headaches over managing the Border between the North and south.

But I wonder if Enda ever casts his mind back to the decisions of his direct predecessor in Fine Gael, John A. Costello, who, in a reversal of the current situation, took the 26 counties - then called "Eire" - out of the Commonwealth back in 1948, to the exasperation and sometimes fury of the British (and the express "disappointment" of Australia).

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