Tuesday 16 January 2018

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

Gene Kerrigan

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 . . ."

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