Tuesday 6 December 2016

Blessed be the deal-makers, the pragmatic risk-takers

Don't dismiss the idea of political compromise, argues Eoin O'Malley, especially as we await the creation of a government

Eoin O'Malley

Published 27/03/2016 | 02:30

'While Mick Wallace claims that to be Minister for Housing would be his dream job, he also says he would quit politics before he'd work with Fine Gael' Photo: Tom Burke
'While Mick Wallace claims that to be Minister for Housing would be his dream job, he also says he would quit politics before he'd work with Fine Gael' Photo: Tom Burke

There are two types of politicians: those who deal in power and those who are uncompromising.

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We look down on the shiftiness of the powerbrokers. We admire the steadfastness of the uncompromising. But the uncompromising are often little more than a bag of noise.

In Easter week 100 years ago, a group of radicals launched something that, almost despite themselves, would have a massive impact on the history of Ireland. It was despite themselves because they weren't setting out to win a military battle. Anyone who thought digging trenches in St Stephen's Green was a good idea didn't know much about urban warfare. They were noise-makers.

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