Wednesday 13 December 2017

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Political Notebook

Valuing democracy: I always keep an ear to Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin, whose sermons, speeches and statements go mostly unremarked upon in this day and age Photo: John McElroy
Valuing democracy: I always keep an ear to Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin, whose sermons, speeches and statements go mostly unremarked upon in this day and age Photo: John McElroy
Jody Corcoran

Jody Corcoran

There are a few politicians here who are almost always worth listening to. In general, though, the political system is not set up for what we might call interesting discourse. Maybe that is why we have the summer school season, now upon us, which allows politicians time and space to expand on their political thinking.

That said, Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe usually has original thoughts to offer, particularly in defence of centrist politics, and the Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin is also worth a listen, almost always when he hones in on the European Union and Ireland's relationship with Europe more generally, although his views on the failings and potential of 'new politics' are wearing a little thin.

In the general public sphere, I also always keep an ear to Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin, whose sermons, speeches and statements go mostly unremarked upon in this day and age, something he seems to phlegmatically accept without the much ado of his predecessors. Can his views be interpreted as political? Not always, but sometimes, yes, they can.

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