Monday 11 December 2017

Lise Hand: And so the first chapter closes, with us already weary of the read

Stately Buck Kenny came from the stairhead, bearing a bowl of blather on which a 'to-do' list lay crossed-off. A mellow Tanaiste was sustained gently behind him on the mild afternoon air. He held the bowl aloft and intoned: "There are no quick fixes. No cheap bailouts. No easy road ahead."

How nice for the Taoiseach and Tanaiste that their 100th day in office happened to fall on the anniversary of one of the most famous strolls in literature, Leopold Bloom's meandering perambulation around Dublin.

While the pair didn't don straw boaters and hold a press conference by the shores of the snot-green sea, Enda and Eamon were eager to give the assembled media a guided walk through carefully selected highlights of the first three months of their relationship -- one that, if it isn't exactly a shotgun marriage, is certainly a marriage of convenience.

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