Wednesday 25 April 2018

Mary, Dessie and Dick still staying silent on secrets of the Albert era

Former Minister for Health Mary Harney
Former Minister for Health Mary Harney

WHEN I saw Mary Harney strolling in the Dublin suburb of Monkstown a couple of weeks past it was impossible - at least for a few fleeting seconds - not to be transported back in time.

She has been out of the limelight since she decided to hustle off into the political twilight almost three years ago. But she was an enduring presence in our public life through countless moments of high drama. However, since she retired she has remained steadfastly schtum on the goings-on in Leinster House and further afield.

Her determined silence attained a special significance in recent days following the death of Albert Reynolds. Both she and Des O'Malley, her long-time partner in politics, failed to provide any assessment of the man with whom they had shared so much political jousting. Could it be that their low-key reaction tells its own story? And former Labour Party leader Dick Spring, while acknowledging Mr Reynold's contribution to the peace process, also seems to have tempered his comments to a minimum.

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