Saturday 18 August 2018

Nothing rousing about this rabble

Last week's Claire Byrne Live referendum special
Last week's Claire Byrne Live referendum special

John Masterson

I am writing this before the Referendum Poll on May 25. By today the result will be known and will be being picked over in all media. I did not vote as I was out of the country that day. I would have 100pc voted Yes.

Whatever the result, I found the campaign deeply disheartening. As a barometer of Ireland's maturity, I get a reading of a country that is low on tolerance.

I have the height of regard for Claire Byrne. She is as good a current affairs broadcaster as you will find. But when I watched the RTE debate deteriorate into clapping and cheering that would have made an appropriate soundtrack to a Katie Taylor fight, I felt nothing but sadness for this country.

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