Thursday 22 February 2018

Woes left behind as Irish wow Windsor

Woes left behind as Irish wow Windsor

'Alan Shatter was also invited to attend the state banquet, but sadly he won't actually open his invitation for another 10 days'
'Alan Shatter was also invited to attend the state banquet, but sadly he won't actually open his invitation for another 10 days'

Oliver Callan

Taoiseach Enda Kenny donned the dinner tails at Windsor this week, scarcely believing his luck that yet another Cabinet crisis was being washed away by photos of him hanging out with slebs like David Cameron and Terry Wogan. Alan Shatter, (pictured), was also invited to attend the banquet, but sadly he won't actually open his invitation for another 10 days.

It wasn't a week for objectivity. Kenny told everyone to leave the past behind as he welcomed the attendance of Martin McGuinness at the dinner saying "people need to move on". He'd clearly forgotten his unforgiving views on Sinn Fein in his pre-election Late Late Show chat, vowing never to share power because of their "Republican" activities. As Ryan Tubridy challenged the squirming leader, he stammered over questions on how he expected Unionists to do what he was refusing. Enda hasn't done a live probing interview since – and that one was in 2010.

His counterpart David Cameron had spent the week feebly supporting his Culture Secretary who eventually resigned over her expenses bill. He could've taken ministerial survival tips from Enda, himself, the recipient of €1,000 a month unvouched expenses. Dave would've choked on his Tournedos of Windsor Estate beef had he known how Shatter has weathered rows over whistleblowers, 30 years of Garda tapes, the sacking of a police chief and a penalty points scandal while finding time to squeeze in a fortnight's trip to Mexico. Dave would be forgiven for thinking Count Shatter was some sort of immortal creature who avoids direct sunlight and can fly above any storm.

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