Monday 26 June 2017

Miriam O'Callaghan: Ditch financial yo-yo dieting and embrace new politics

It's time for politicians to cast off certainty and go for openness, after all, there's nothing to lose

'Across Austerity Europe, financial 'thinspiration' was wreaking social desperation: children fed in soup kitchens, families warehoused in cheap hotels.' Photo: Central Bank in Dublin
'Across Austerity Europe, financial 'thinspiration' was wreaking social desperation: children fed in soup kitchens, families warehoused in cheap hotels.' Photo: Central Bank in Dublin

Miriam O'Callaghan

As a small girl, I was terrified of beach balls. Even now, they make my heart flip. Every summer, we'd go to Youghal or Owenahincha for our holidays and when we'd stop at Midleton or Clonakilty to buy our buckets and shovels, my mother would start: "No beach balls. Unless you want your father dead."

She was reassuring, my mother. And she was an expert. She saw with her own eyes a father go out into the waves after "a strap of a daughter" who had gone out after a beach ball. You can guess the rest.

On the morning my father died, I thought about all the beach balls, all those years before, and how I had never bought one, even for my own children. I had made sure he would never be rolled, tossed or tumbled by the waves along Redbarn or Red Strand.

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