Friday 18 August 2017

The sky hasn't fallen in yet but better cool my jets

The penny has dropped, writes Shane Ross. It's clear that a combined Dail Opposition can block any legislation

Baptism of fire: Titan of the Left Mick Barry Photo: Mark Condren
Baptism of fire: Titan of the Left Mick Barry Photo: Mark Condren

Last Tuesday in the Dail chamber, I was baptised by Mick the Trot. As a minister, my first task was to respond to the adjournment debate on the Luas strike. Both Ruth Pottinger and Mick Barry, titans of the Left, were billed to champion the Luas drivers' case.

Ruth left the gig to Mick. Mick was mighty. His speech would have made the leader of North Korea, Kim Jong-un, blush. It was peppered with phrases like "Thatcherite", "lockout" and "cowboys". From his outpost on the far-left, he even condemned the trade union leaders in the Luas dispute. It was vintage, 1970s, student stuff.

Mick was disappointed with the reply. The minister remained neutral, repeating that he would not be producing the State's cheque book. The travelling public were the victims…

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