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Daniel McConnell: EU presidency is our best chance of kicking austerity into touch

Fans of the cutting satirical Irish Pictorial Weekly on RTE will recognise their opening credits in which a dim-witted man is seen wandering aimlessly about the place to jocular music with his right arm extended rigidly looking for a hand, any hand to shake.

Then, the sketch cuts to footage of Taoiseach Enda Kenny, who in an identical pose as the previously faceless man, hurriedly walks into a room to greet Jose Manuel Barroso.

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