Tuesday 24 October 2017

Vote Yes in Seanad poll or we'll make you sorry

Eoghan Harris

Eoghan Harris

GIVEN the titanic struggle in Croke Park, let's not pretend that politics can compete with Gaelic football today. Even in Timbuctoo they discuss how the Taoiseach's father Henry was on the first Mayo team to win an All-Ireland in 1936 and that his son Naoise won an All-Ireland hurling medal with the Mayo Minor C side a few weeks ago.

Luckily for me, the Taoiseach himself provided the perfect link between politics and sport. Last week, asked about his own failure to follow or precede his family's footsteps, Enda Kenny replied: "I was born to play on a bigger pitch."

Naturally, most of the media treated his remark as a ruefully joking response. But some angry callers to late-night radio shows didn't seem to get the joke. And while I hope the Taoiseach was joking, I also think it significant that some people took him seriously.

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