Thursday 8 December 2016

Think-ins? They want their heads banged together

Published 15/09/2015 | 02:30

It's that time of year again... the political party think-ins are in full flow
It's that time of year again... the political party think-ins are in full flow

It's that time of year again. You know autumn is here when the Rose of Tralee is over, the 'Late Late Show' is back, Kilkenny have taken Liam McCarthy home to Noreside, the kids are back in school and the political party think-ins are in full flow.

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The description "think-ins", it should be said, is something of a stretch. There's probably more substance to the Rose of Tralee festival than what goes on at most of the party gatherings.

The events, not to put too fine a point on it, are a nonsense. They suit the 24/7 news cycle. The political parties get their photo-op of the happy, united party (mar dhea), their key figures appear on all the prime time news and current affairs shows and a story or two is cooked up. There's a bit of a knees-up. We in the media lap it up. Everyone goes home happy and the rest of the nation collectively yawns and gets on with day-to-day living.

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