Saturday 24 February 2018

Brendan O'Connor: As Merkel cheers, we despair at rolling over

Any hope of Ireland getting a deal on bank debt was quashed when we voted 'Yes', says Brendan O'Connor

Brendan O'Connor

Brendan O'Connor

Sometimes, depression and the disillusionment that comes with it can seem not like having an overly negative view of things but merely having a rare glimpse of the real grim truth, the grim truth we hide from ourselves generally in order to get on with our lives.

As a people, we have generally managed to put a gloss on things over the past few years -- on our bankruptcy, on the utter failure of this country as an economic entity. We have always managed to soldier on. To believe that a new government would change things; to believe that if we did the right thing and voted 'Yes', we would get our just rewards; to believe that the soccer will give us a lift. But since the grim and disappointed whimper, the bow to the inevitable that was the referendum 'Yes' vote, something akin to a depressive, disillusioning glimpse of the true grim reality has been hitting us.

Enda Kenny, our cheerleader in chief, a man who has very little taste for grim realities, came on to the steps of the Dail on that Friday to congratulate us on muttering 'Yes'. Frau Merkel sent her congratulations too.

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