Tuesday 20 November 2018

We don't want him, but he'll come anyway, they always do

No gardai and no crawling, just a taser in case of any antics - let's moderate our welcome for Trump, writes Gene Kerrigan

President Ronald Reagan pictured in a pub in Ballyporeen, Co Tipperary during his visit to Ireland in 1984. Photo: INM
President Ronald Reagan pictured in a pub in Ballyporeen, Co Tipperary during his visit to Ireland in 1984. Photo: INM
Gene Kerrigan

Gene Kerrigan

Okay, we've two months to prepare. We could get all uppity and start protesting against Donald Trump daring to sully our fair land, but I can't see that stopping him. It wouldn't look right, the "most powerful man the world" afraid to come to Ireland because Richard Boyd Barrett might give him a nasty look.

Besides, if he doesn't come, we won't be able to shout at him.

No, he'll come. Remember Ronald Reagan in Galway, determined to appear, despite the protesters? The limo drives past, a window comes down two inches, and we see the tips of some fingers wiggling at us. I love it when they cower.

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