Thursday 14 December 2017

Eilis O'Hanlon: Kenny owes us answers, not petty insults

It's as if the Taoiseach knows one fact about every TD and is programmed to repeat it

Eilis O'Hanlon

The famous Russian psychologist Ivan Pavlov discovered that, once his dogs had learned to associate the sound of a bell with the arrival of food, he could make Fido and company salivate simply by ringing it. He called it the conditional reflex. Enda Kenny appears to suffer from much the same condition when it comes to Gerry Adams.

The Sinn Fein leader only has to get to his feet in the Dail for the Taoiseach to start politically drooling. Before long he can contain himself no more and is compelled to demand triumphantly: "And what did you do in the war, Mr Adams?"

Adams has laid himself open to this tactic by being so evasive about his past, and Sinn Fein only has itself to blame for choosing as the party's leader in the Dail not a charismatic, articulate young gun (no pun intended) like Mary Lou or Pearse Doherty, but a bitter old war horse with so much excess baggage that if he ever tried to fly with Ryanair, it would leave him bankrupt.

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