Friday 19 January 2018

Lise Hand: Manic Micheal would do well to remember the long, hard road we've travelled

Micheal Martin
Micheal Martin
Lise Hand

Lise Hand

WHAT on earth got into Micheal Martin yesterday? In fairness to the Fianna Fail leader, he's been remarkably adept at the perilous task of steering a course for his party out of the biggest-ever political doghouse in the history of the State. He's been reasonably measured in Opposition, has donned the bespoke suit of sackcloth-and-ashes when appropriate, and has ensured that there have been no outbreaks of arrogance among his much-diminished platoon of soldiers.

But he was wearing his tin ear in the Dail chamber yesterday when the Taoiseach led in his line of ministers to make the momentous announcement to the House that the Government had decided that post-bailout, the country will be able to stay afloat in the shark-infested bond market without the water-wings of a backstop credit line.

It was a milestone moment for the Coalition, who were left holding the howling debt-baby two-and-a-half years ago when they took over what could laughably be called the reins of power of a country that had surrendered its sovereignty to the troika.

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