Saturday 3 December 2016

As election approaches, Irish politics are mired in complacency

Published 03/02/2016 | 02:30

US Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump. Does Ireland need a similar figure to enliven politics here? Photo: Jim Watson/Getty
US Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump. Does Ireland need a similar figure to enliven politics here? Photo: Jim Watson/Getty

The political rutting season is upon us. What is steadily emerging from the pre-election exchanges between the political parties is the persistent manufacture of bogus differences and the ritual amplification of mutual antipathies.

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The Irish political scene is in crying need of an awakening from complacency. Currently, the gap between the people and the political class continues to stimulate various levels of indifference.

Perhaps we need a taste of the entertaining but ludicrously implausible Donald Trump to put fire in our bellies.

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