Sunday 19 November 2017

Sunlight on the far shore? Appointing a Senator from the ranks of the unemployed would be a start

Diarmuid Doyle

If we’ve learned one important fact about Enda Kenny this year, it’s that he’s big into symbolism. Every day as he walks into government buildings from his Dublin city apartment, people stop him on the street and urge him to create jobs and improve the economy.

Being a symbolist, however, Enda hears something different. In the Taoiseach’s world, climate and scenery stand in for employment and the public finances.

As he told it this week in an interview, what the people are actually saying to him on his symbolic stroll through Dublin 2 is: “We want to be able to see the sunlight on the far shore”.

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