Thursday 23 November 2017

John Downing: As Albert would say, it's the little things that trip you up

"It's amazing. You cross the big hurdles, and when you get to the small ones, you get tripped up."

ALBERT Reynolds had reason to deliver those words with feeling on the evening of Tuesday, November 22, 1994. Barely an hour earlier, the man who drove the Northern Ireland peace breakthrough, had been forced to quit as Taoiseach over a very strange row about extraditing a paedophile priest.

His words are worth recalling today as the Coalition appears to have cleared the big hurdle while carrying the bulk of their epically harsh Budget 2013. Now they face the small hurdles, some of which are already visible, others of which may well remain unidentified as fretful government TDs face their constituents this weekend.

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