Light fades on our democracy
Michael D Higgins, on Friday, attempted to provide us with some poetic inspiration, courtesy of his promise to try to heal our "fragile" State via "an older wisdom". Governments, however, must govern in prose and Enda Kenny would be wise to remember the advice he quoted during his own inauguration about how the wise leader must "try to make sense of what comes, remember everything and keep your head".
Mr Kenny will certainly have to keep his head in the forthcoming critical times. Edward Grey famously noted on the eve of World War One that "the lamps are going out all over Europe. We shall not see them lit again in our time".
Last week, it certainly looked as though the lamps were going out again across a continent whose feet are no longer just close to, but actually in, the fire.