Friday 23 March 2018

Medb Ruane: It's simply not acceptable to trade young people for banks

Brian Cowen and Bertie Ahern painted a delightful scene of Ireland's future up at Grangegorman this week. The boys were back in town, talking up 'thousands' of new construction jobs, 'thousands' of third-level students, plus a 'state-of-the-art' mental health facility and a non-denominational national school.

Should we drop to our knees and give thanks? Perhaps it was all a dream, perhaps Sean FitzPatrick and Anglo and blanket bank guarantees and emigration and blocked sinuses and red noses never existed. Here we are instead, watching the boys swagger round, while their home girls Mary Harney and Mary Coughlan simper with delight.

Cowen's Cabinet had just signed off on a €486m plan for the new Dublin Institute of Technology Campus, which will take at least a decade to develop but may be up and running partly by 2016, a symbolic date. Reporters asked Ahern, the local TD, how he'd avoided heaves against his leadership when he was Taoiseach.

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