Sunday 19 November 2017

John Drennan: Outsiders called the shots in the Dail bedlam

We have witnessed the worst and weirdest week in Irish politics since the Gubu era, writes John Drennan

John Drennan

John Drennan

one of the fundamental truths of life is that when politics fails there is never a shortage of outside figures ready to step in and fill the breach.

Last week, the triumph of the strange four 'outsiders' that brought O'Dea down certainly confirmed that theory. The worst and weirdest week Irish politics has experienced since the Gubu era began with the spectacle of Brian Lenihan forgetting about the concept of hubris for as long as it took him to lecture the Greeks about how they should be more like us.

But the Greeks should actually hold on for a while before deciding to follow our road, for in the long-run we suspect the pantomime fury over Willie O'Dea's affidavit will be rather dwarfed by the crisis that will be provoked by our need to raise €120bn next year to run the country, fund Nama and bail out the banks.

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