Thursday 18 January 2018

Change script and get back on world stage

We, the audience, must demand a new scenario and revised dialogue if we are to break free of the old cliches, says Eamon Keane

Welcome, ladies and gentlemen, to the Theatre of the Absurd. When Deputy Mary Mitchell O'Connor accidentally tried to drive her car over the Dail ramps, she symbolised the New World Order better than anyone could. This new Dail is a directionless mess populated by powerless characters who repeat the same old cliches. And we are the authors of our misfortune.

You see, we believed a revenge vote for the bank bailout meant things would be somehow different. Magical thinking. So we let Fianna Fail have it. But what did we replace it with?

For some, it was Sinn Fein Nua. The new generation of TDs who packed up the Troubles in their old kit bag. They still have a convicted arms importer and the Man Who Never Was In The IRA. However, Mary Lou McDonald is personable and articulate. She, not Adams, is the future of that party.

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