Kevin Myers: The Special Criminal Court had inadvertently enabled two dedicated terrorists to return to their trade
The past becomes history when well-informed observers find themselves utterly baffled by its emotions and its institutions.
The 1970s, when Cardinal Brady took notes in what now seems to have been the inquisition of a victim of horrendous sexual abuse, is truly such a time. The decade began with the Irish Minister for Justice setting up the Provisional IRA, and ended with him becoming the Taoiseach, largely because of that earlier "achievement".
This was the decade in which a Fine Gael taoiseach helped defeat his own government's bill to liberalise the sale of condoms, and yet still retained the support of the Labour Party in coalition -- including that of Stevie Coughlan, who had begun the decade by praising the boycott of Jews.