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Thursday 23 February 2017

All eyes on Brexit as public tunes out of our own politics

Shane Ross

In the UK, the Brexit debate has become a battleground for the leadership of the Tory party. Pictured are London Mayor Boris Johnson and Prime Minister David Cameron. Photo: AFP/Getty Images
In the UK, the Brexit debate has become a battleground for the leadership of the Tory party. Pictured are London Mayor Boris Johnson and Prime Minister David Cameron. Photo: AFP/Getty Images

A silent prayer this Sunday: Would RTE and all other media outlets give us a 'government formation'-free day ? The nation's eyes are glazing over with tortuous tales from the political battlefront. For 57 days, the media pack has been hanging around, queuing up to tell us in a variety of ingenious ways that nothing is happening. The nation is bored to tears.

Down in Dail Eireann, the Government opted to bore the nation with something else. Last Thursday morning, Enda Kenny rose to his feet. A general air of expectation filled the chamber. Was he about to make a statement? Or even head to the Park for a chat with President Michael D?

No, the battered Taoiseach was not ducking another Dail defeat. Instead, he was ploughing on as though nothing was happening off stage. Enda addressed the assembled TDs about Brexit.

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