Tuesday 16 January 2018

Under-fire President Higgins is no Obama - and he's certainly not Jed Bartlet

Martin Sheen & Michael D Higgins.
Martin Sheen & Michael D Higgins.
Ian O'Doherty

Ian O'Doherty

For all the talk of the importance of renewable energies such as solar and wind power, it's a shame that some bright, innovative entrepreneur hasn't come up with a plan to harness hot air, which is surely the most abundant natural resource we have in Ireland. It's free - compulsory, even - and we have so much we could become international net exporters of our excess.

Any budding Dragon's Den wannabe who has an idea to corner the market in monetising hot air, bluster and utterly daft grandstanding would surely have made a fortune in the last few days.

That's certainly the first reaction when looking at the hysterical response to the news that Michael D Higgins signed the Water Services Bill on Sunday. In fact, even a cursory glance at some of the responses would lead a casual observer to conclude that, on general, some people had gone entirely mad over the Christmas period.

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