Thursday 22 March 2018

Lise Hand: Big stink as septic tank rebels charge Leinster House

By the hokey but it was stirring stuff. His hands gripped around the pole of a large flag, Galwayman Diarmuid O'Conghaile was in full oratorical flow, and there was no stopping the man.

"We're taking a stand here today, and behind this battered flag of Contae na Gaillimhe which has flew many times when we faced the men of Kerry or Kilkenny in Croke Park," he roared. "But today Phil Hogan you face the people of Connemara and Ballinasloe and all of rural Ireland.

"And we will face you and we will not wait in the long grass anymore for you because like Johnny Turk we're out of the trench and we're going to fight you head-on," he bellowed -- Johnny Turk being the merciless enemy in the war ballad 'And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda'.

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