Tuesday 21 November 2017

Maurice Hayes: We can't let our real problems get lost in winning minor battles

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin's attitude has been in marked contrast to the actions of Cardinal Sean Brady
Archbishop Diarmuid Martin's attitude has been in marked contrast to the actions of Cardinal Sean Brady

IT has been a good week for Enda Kenny and the Government: a roar of defiance at the Vatican, and, more substantially, the achievement of better terms from Brussels.

Both, in their different ways, are significant, but both represent the less important elements of the struggle of which they are a part.

A skirmish on the one hand, a battle on the other, may give immediate satisfaction and short-term relief, but neither means that a war has been won -- and they may well divert attention and energy from the pursuit of the more important prizes.

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