Monday 23 October 2017

Martina Devlin: Time to reshuffle Mary's skills out of harm's way

Martina Devlin

Martina Devlin

IT didn't take long for those 'hit the road Jack' attitudes to come slithering to the surface. A decade ago we were told the boom had decapitated the dragon heads of emigration.

And already we're back in the realms of Brian Lenihan senior's unforgettable comment: "We can't all live on a small island." So shove off to whichever country is willing to take you in.

Just one generation on from that 1980s notice to quit, another Fianna Fail minister repeats his dismissive sentiments. This time out, they've been put in the spin cycle first to try and wring some of the disdain out of them. But there's no mistaking the familiar shrug of the shoulders.

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