Wednesday 21 March 2018

E-voting, and other foolish things

Con Houlihan misses the old cut and thrust at polling stations -- and hands off our fairer election system

Con Houlihan
Con Houlihan

Con Houlihan

'The sighing Midlands" said Sean O Faolain. "Whoever heard of Offaly?" said Dick Walsh a few days after Offaly had won their first All-Ireland. These words appeared in the Irish Times. My dear departed friend wasn't being literal: he merely meant that Offaly didn't appear very often in the headlines.

Their emergence in football was remarkable; their emergence in hurling was miraculous because the ancient game is played in only a few parishes in the county. That quiet revolution produced two folk heroes -- Matt Connor and Johnny Dooley. Brian Cowen has a hard act to follow.

He has, however, the comforting thought that he belongs to a bold and successful tribe. He will need all that as in Shakespeare's words he takes up arms against a sea of troubles.

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