Thursday 23 February 2017

Hating America is the Irish Left's favourite hobby

Stopping Donald Trump becoming US president is hardly the biggest issue facing the country right now, says Eilis O'Hanlon

Eilis O'Hanlon

Published 05/06/2016 | 02:30

NOMINEE: The Left has steadfastly declared how ‘dangerous’ Donald Trump is for some of the bombastic things he has said, but remains strangely quiet on the hawkish actions of Democratic favourite Hillary Clinton. Photo: AP Rich Pedroncelli
NOMINEE: The Left has steadfastly declared how ‘dangerous’ Donald Trump is for some of the bombastic things he has said, but remains strangely quiet on the hawkish actions of Democratic favourite Hillary Clinton. Photo: AP Rich Pedroncelli

Opposition TDs only get a limited number of opportunities to hold the Government to account, so it's important they use them wisely.

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Which of the great issues of the day did Richard Boyd Barrett, People Before Profit TD for Dun Laoghaire, choose to raise then during Dail question time last Tuesday? It was this: "What is the Taoiseach going to do if Donald Trump is elected? If Donald Trump is elected president of the United States, is the Taoiseach going to allow troops under his direction to continue to use Shannon Airport?"

One might humbly suggest that this is not the most pressing issue facing Irish voters at the present time, in South County Dublin or elsewhere.

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