Sunday 18 March 2018

Forget Keaveney, think about Callinan

The TD's party switch was ever so important when compared to, oh, Mandela or the Smithwick report, writes Gene Kerrigan

Wouldn't your heart go out to Colm Keaveney TD? Last week, the poor sod took a momentous step – he, a former Labour Party chairman, joined Fianna Fail. And he found himself at the heart of discussion about the state of Irish politics. For about eight seconds. Then, the Smithwick report into alleged garda collusion with the IRA came out. At which point the media and the political establishment decided it was time for a kick-about with Gerry Adams. And poor Colm's momentous step became as newsworthy as last week's weather forecast.

Not to worry – citizens and journalists of a political bent were sure to keep alive discussion of Colm's momentous step. Then Nelson Mandela died. A man at the centre of a massive political struggle to do with human freedom, political courage and the fate not just of a continent but of a significant portion of humanity. The political journalists all ran to their keyboards to mourn.

Meanwhile, poor Colm and his momentous step weren't just on the back burner, they were right off the stove.

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