Monday 1 May 2017

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

Micheál Martin and Enda Kenny Photocall Ireland
Micheál Martin and Enda Kenny Photocall Ireland
Shane Coleman

Shane Coleman

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.

"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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