Now Leo takes over the world
My, how things have changed. Traditionally, in ancient Ireland, at this time of year, we used to celebrate the feast of Willie. This was a time when all the politicians went strangely quiet, apart from the odd sighting of one in the bushes in Parknasilla or in a pub in Glenties with an economist, a historian, a lawyer, a feminist and an intellectual.
It was called the feast of Willie because it was one of two times of the year - St Patrick's Day being the other - when Willie O'Dea would be put in charge of the country. Historians say that in reality it was not always Willie O'Dea who was left in charge, that it changed depending on the government.
But as we remember summers back then, it was always sunny, Fianna Fail were always in government, and Willie O'Dea was always in charge when the rest of them went away. The media traditionally celebrated the feast of Willie by reprinting a picture of Willie squinting down the barrel of a gun. We never tired of that picture.