Thursday 22 March 2018

A test of our endurance for oily eurowaffle

AUSTERITY: John Bruton. Photo: Tom Burke
AUSTERITY: John Bruton. Photo: Tom Burke

Eilis O'Hanlon

Elections these days are endurance tests, for presenters and listeners alike. Last weekend's coverage of the local and European polls set new records for making a little information go a long way.

By Monday, Today With Sean O'Rourke should've been looking forward to analysing the results. Instead RTE was still covering the counts. It was Thursday before Morning Ireland finally announced that all seats has been filled. By then, most of the media had moved on to pastures new, namely the Labour leadership, before really getting to grips with what the European results had all been about. Which suited some. Not least former Taoiseach John Bruton, who told Today that austerity wasn't ending any time soon, before praising the Government for decisions which had "earned tremendous credibility overseas". Very reassuring. 

Then it was the turn of Pat Cox, former European president, whose only response to the rise of eurosceptic sentiment was to blame it on domestic discontent in France and the UK and "other dynamics", before presenting europhiles as the "squeezed middle" (no, really), battling extremism in the name of all that is decent and good. O'Rourke let him get away with far too much of this oily eurowaffle.

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