Sunday 18 February 2018

Gene Kerrigan: Endless words obscure facts like snow

The vague language of the so-called 'deal' is designed to keep us believing the fairytale, writes Gene Kerrigan

LET'S see if we've got this right. Back in June, Enda Kenny and Eamon Gilmore achieved a "major game-changer" of an agreement with EU leaders, a "seismic shift" that would save Irish citizens an untold number of billions of euro. There were just a few details to be worked out -- and, sure, didn't they have months on end to do that?

The Irish media bought it: "Taoiseach Hails Overnight Deal on Debt Burden" (RTE).

Then, when the applause died down, Angela Merkel's people said, "Ah, no, that's not what we agreed", or words to that effect. So, the week before last, Enda went over to set Angela straight. And he came back and said, "No problem, folks, it's all sorted", or words to that effect.

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