Monday 20 November 2017

Johnny Fallon: Enda, Pat and Eamon must fear the Ghosts of Christmases Past, Present and Future

THERE will be more than a few TDs who will spend the next few days singing the Freddie Mercury Anthem ‘Thank God it’s Christmas’. A brief break in the battle that might allow heads to calm, regroup and prepare for another tough year ahead. It is also a time that will allow some reflection and that will be something Enda Kenny and Eamon Gilmore will welcome.

This Christmas they may both be visited, late on Christmas Eve night, by three ghosts. The Ghost of Christmas past will guide Eamon Gilmore on a journey back to the days of Frank Cluskey, back to the days when Labour was a determined force, concerned less about their size or position than the strength of their argument.

The Ghost may then treat the Tánaiste to images of later governments, where Dick Spring was never one to be accused of rolling over and having his tummy tickled. Eamon might notice the lack of genuine friendships in such past governments, they were merely business relationships. Spring never got too close because he always reserved the right to walk away.

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