Sunday 22 September 2019

Hat-trick: Parnell pops up in drama again

Big idol: Parnell’s portrait beneath Farage’s name on the wall of his Brussels office
Big idol: Parnell’s portrait beneath Farage’s name on the wall of his Brussels office
Kevin Doyle

Kevin Doyle

Charles Stewart Parnell has done the hat-trick.

On Tuesday he found his way back into the House of Commons courtesy of derogatory comments from Jacob Rees Mogg.

Then he popped up in the European Parliament, where Brexit leader Nigel Farage declared him an idol.

Now Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has evoked the memory of the Home Rule leader as he tried to sum up the political drama.

Addressing the British Irish Chamber of Commerce last night, Mr Varadkar said Parnell "believed that our future prosperity depended on us being 'hopeful, energetic and determined'".

He said: "They are three qualities which are needed now more than ever as we deal with the challenge of Brexit.

"We must be hopeful about finding a solution, energetic in preparing for the worst that might happen and determined to defend the all-island economy, the peace process and all that we value."

Mr Rees Mogg brought Parnell into a Commons debate, comparing those who sought to seize control from the UK government as acting in the most unconstitutional fashion since Parnell "when he tried to bung up parliament" with protracted speeches.

Irish Independent

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