Saturday 18 November 2017

Assembling for a wedding where bride and groom don't turn up

Newly elected Ceann Comhairle Sean O Fearghail addresses the 32nd Dail. Photo: Maxwell's
Newly elected Ceann Comhairle Sean O Fearghail addresses the 32nd Dail. Photo: Maxwell's
John Downing

John Downing

For the other Healy-Rae, Danny, it was as though we were in Croke Park for Kerry versus Dublin - but the referee had no ball.

Or, we had assembled in great numbers for a wedding - but the bride and groom didn't bother to show up. And in another plus for the Kilgarvan clan, we were spared the time-consuming charade of Danny nominating Michael for Taoiseach.

On the other hand, it took us an hour yesterday to find out something we have known since Sunday, February 28: that the numbers were not there to elect any of the party leaders as Taoiseach. We were not astonished that Enda Kenny, Micheál Martin, Gerry Adams or the late call-up to the list, Richard Boyd Barrett, all came up short.

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