Wednesday 18 January 2017

All's changed: And if you live long enough, you'll see everything in Irish political life

Published 09/03/2016 | 02:30

Micheál Martin and Enda Kenny Photocall Ireland
Micheál Martin and Enda Kenny Photocall Ireland

In the 1980s blockbuster 'Back to the Future', there's a wonderfully knowing exchange where the main character Marty McFly is trying to convince whacky scientist Dr Emmett Brown that he really has travelled back 30 years in time from 1985.

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"Tell me, future boy," asks Dr Brown, "who's President of the United States in 1985?" McFly responds that it's Ronald Reagan - who, of course, in 1955 was known only as a B-movie actor. An incredulous 'Doc' retorts: "Ronald Reagan? The actor? Then who's Vice President? Jerry Lewis?"

Consider for a moment a contemporary Irish take on that gag. Imagine somebody today travelling back in time to 1985 and being asked, who's Taoiseach in 2016?

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