Thursday 14 December 2017

Declan Lynch: The deadliest foe is the attack of eejitry from within

Enda's performance in Davos, not the fake horseplay in Brussels, was the real problem, writes Declan Lynch

When the mainstream fails us, it gives an opening to darker forces. And last week Gerry Adams took advantage when he accused Enda Kenny in the Dail of acting "like an eejit" in his encounter with Nicolas Sarkozy in Brussels.

Now, as it happened, the incident with Sarkozy, in which the Frenchman could be seen ruffling the Irishman's hair as both men laughed heartily, was actually not a case of Kenny acting "like an eejit" in the true sense.

It may have had shades of Father Ted and Dougal, with Kenny, of course, as Dougal. But there are subtleties in this thing we call eejitry which are entirely beyond the comprehension of a man such as Gerry Adams -- for a start, he seems unaware that his own business of Irish nationalism and its allied trades have been and continue to be the single richest source of eejits and eejitry across the whole spectrum of the Irish experience.

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