Hold on – did we just react sensibly?
Two cases involving Irish passports. Two families involved in public appeals. Two stories that come to the table ready equipped with lots of print-friendly images and a conveniently pre-written back story.
And yet, from the public in return comes . . . nothing, really.
The cases of both the Halawa siblings and Michaella McCollum Connolly could have been plucked from central casting when it comes to the usual fodder for an outpouring of ill-informed but well meaning public sympathy.