Wednesday 21 February 2018

Anne Harris: Confronting our truths requires a free media

Two ministers told the truth this week. About the referendum and about RTE. It was good for the psyche and for democracy, writes Anne Harris

'The best way out is always through," said the poet Robert Frost. Out of danger, he meant. May is a dangerous month. Literally and metaphorically. The scaraveen, the biting north-easterly wind, demands a fat surplus of the mind, as well as the body, to withstand its savage capacity to cut. Literally and metaphorically.

This week we were fortunate to have two ministers with a healthy quotient of mental fat to help us through these dangerous times.

The tinted window rolled down on Michael Noonan. He looked his interrogator in the eye and gave us exactly what we were looking for: a great big grievance. Vote 'No' and we will have the mother of all austerity Budgets, he said.

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