Friday 19 January 2018

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The tweet from Cathal Mac Coille
The tweet from Cathal Mac Coille
Morning Ireland presenter Cathal Mac Coille


Rarely will one tweet capture the spirit of a sub-culture, of an entire class, yet Cathal MacCoille, top man of Morning Ireland, managed it last week with his comment on the recent unrest in the Department of Justice.

Illustrating his tweet with the official picture of Frances Fitzgerald receiving her seal of office at Aras an Uachtarain, in the company of Chief Justice Susan Denham, Taoiseach Enda Kenny, Ceann Comhairle Sean Barrett, the new Minister for Children Charlie Flanagan, and, er, some other guy, MacCoille was moved to declare: "Irish politics: 10/10 for unpredictability. I wonder who predicted this? Nobody."

Now, Cathal spends a lot of his days in a radio studio, which may be situated in a basement area, away from the main thoroughfares of everyday life. Yet even within that world, with its restricted views of many things, this was quite a statement. With its mixture of elation and incredulity, it was like that famous reaction of Sir Alex Ferguson's when he was interviewed just after Manchester United had scored twice in the last few minutes to win the Champions League final – "Football! Bloody hell!" he ejaculated.

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