Wednesday 21 March 2018

John Drennan: High stakes as dangerous politics of Esat bubble to the surface

The forthcoming court case holds huge dangers for the State and the Government, writes John Drennan

LIKE the mad woman up in the attic, the 1995 mobile phone licence and the tangled web that Michael Lowry, Denis O'Brien and the Rainbow government wove is the scandal that will not leave our Government of the ethical Grumpy Old Men (and a couple of token women too) in peace.

Instead, no matter how many bricks the Fine Gael wing of the Government throws up or how many floor-boards are nailed over it, this political equivalent of Edgar Allen Poe's The Tell-Tale Heart still intermittently erupts.

Enda might have dared to dream that the spectre had been quarantined by the far more flamboyant drama queens thrown up by Mahon and that, to borrow a mixed metaphor from PJ Mara, no one would be nibbling the Dear Leader's posterior with any of that old Moriarty Tribunal licence shite.

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