Monday 5 December 2016

A barren landscape

Published 15/01/2011 | 05:00

'The country is, I think, like an aeroplane at the take-off stage. It has become airborne; that is the stage of maximum risk and any failure of power could lead to a crash. It will be a long time before we can throttle back to level flight." These words were uttered by Sean Lemass in 1961.

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Yet they seem dolefully apposite viewed from the wreckage of the boom and a barren political landscape.

The party that inherited the legacy of the best Taoiseach this country has ever known looks hopelessly uncomfortable in the long shadow he has cast.

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