Gene Kerrigan: Tide never turns for 'people who matter'
Bailout chiefs' praise for our austerity drive would be hilarious if it wasn't so tragic, writes Gene Kerrigan
It's moving, isn't it? Oh, I know, those of us who don't usually cheerlead the establishment are supposed to turn a sceptical eye on last week's events. And, God knows, last week there were some eye-watering matters that plucked at my sleeve, demanding attention – and we'll get to one of those in a moment. But, you'd need a heart of stone not to feel a tear dribble down your cheek as you read what our friends in Europe said about us.
"We commend the Irish people," they said. This was a formal statement from the Eurogroup – the leaders of the eurozone. Here they were, obviously sincere in their appreciation of our sacrifices. "Ireland is a living example," they said – I told you it was moving – ". . . efforts and achievements . . . difficult circumstances."
And they're glad we had a firm hand on the tiller to get us to where we are. "We congratulate the Irish authorities . . ."