Sunday 18 February 2018

It's past time-to-go time, Enda - political life is unfair and brutal

An Taoiseach Enda Kenny, TD
An Taoiseach Enda Kenny, TD
John Downing

John Downing

Anyone out there remember the "Border Fascist"? It was an annual send-up of local newspapers which appeared in the pop magazine Hot Press. Though its focus was on places to the north of this island, its crazy take on life had great resonance for this writer who spent many years patrolling the local newsbeat at the other end of the country.

Hands up! My wages were paid in the first and second newspaper I ever worked at by the revenue from small advertisements. A big portion of that was the "In Memoriam" notices from people recording how they missed their nearest and dearest.

These notices included heart-felt verses, some picked from an offered menu, and others composed by the bereaved relatives themselves. WB Yeats and his colleagues were not ubiquitous.

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