Thursday 23 November 2017

If Donald Trump wins, he'll be the first Fianna Fáil president of US

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks during a ribbon cutting ceremony at the grand opening of the Trump International Hotel in Washington DC. GETTY
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks during a ribbon cutting ceremony at the grand opening of the Trump International Hotel in Washington DC. GETTY
Ian O'Doherty

Ian O'Doherty

When I was growing up, a family moved in next door. They were polite enough at the start, but over time I could see my parents begin to bristle every time they saw them.

The man had a habit of leaning over the wall and 'helpfully' telling my father what bushes and shrubs he should put down. The woman had an irksome habit of knocking in unannounced and blithely telling my mother why the new wallpaper was wrong. Eventually, communication between my parents and the other couple faded away.

Nobody likes nosy neighbours. Yet Irish politicians seem determined to become the diplomatic equivalent of the irksome neighbour - swanning around and making pronouncements on issues which have precisely zero to do with them.

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