Saturday 16 December 2017

Shane Ross: Enda settles for satellite status

IMAGINE the scene next weekend when Enda Kenny returns from the Brussels summit. One of the most humiliating episodes in Ireland's history will be spun as a triumph.

Neville Chamberlain's return from Munich in 1938 declaring "Peace in our Time" will be in the halfpenny place. Stepping off the government jet, Enda will modestly reveal to a waiting media how he (with the help of Angela Merkel) has saved the euro.

Irish interests will have been "protected"; exports will be safe; the ATMs will work on Monday morning; Europe will have agreed to the same sort of "stability" mechanisms as Ireland had championed; the markets will be tamed. Enda's gang of spinners will paint our eternal imprisonment as the great escape.

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