Sunday 17 December 2017

Forget talks about talks, just set a date and get on with it

Alison O'Connor

The sports reporter on the radio was explaining how, after each of soccer coach Giovanni Trapattoni's press conferences, the journalists get together to decide what it was he said.

They spend considerable time going back over the broken English quotes and try to work out as accurately as possible what the Italian had said, or failing that, what it was he had meant to say.

It reminded me of the days when Bertie Ahern was Taoiseach and where political journalists would pool audio resources to try and first of all decipher, and then make sense of, what he had been saying.

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