Sunday 17 December 2017

Samantha may have to step in to sort out Seapoint

Eoghan Harris

Eoghan Harris

LAST week, Eamon Gilmore's spin doctors sold a feel-good story to the media about the Department of Foreign Affairs selling off expensive wines – as if this would make a dent in the national debt. An alert media would have rejected that story and laid into the lack of a firm Irish foreign policy on dealing with brutal dictators like Assad of Syria.

Likewise, the media treated the appointment of Samantha Power as US ambassador to the UN as if she was adding another green jersey to our White House team.

In fact, Power's policy of supporting armed intervention against dictators is the opposite of Ireland's policy of wringing its hands – which derives naturally from our ethically empty policy of neutrality.

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