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Sinn Féin conundrum troubles leaders in 'wee small hours of the morning'

Gerard O'Regan


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'In a moment of high desperation, will either of the two main party leaders break bread with Mary Lou McDonald?'

'In a moment of high desperation, will either of the two main party leaders break bread with Mary Lou McDonald?'

'In a moment of high desperation, will either of the two main party leaders break bread with Mary Lou McDonald?'

The words of the old Frank Sinatra song can stir something deep and dormant. The tunes of Ol' Blue Eyes can transports us to other places. When he weaves his magic on 'In The Wee Small Hours Of The Morning' we know some thoughts are unmasked only in darkest night.

In the quiet of their own night-time solitude, Leo Varadkar and Micheál Martin are alone, with their inner world. Their days have been frenetic. Championing their cause; fire-fighting the unexpected. But a moment of truth is at hand. The divide between the lustre of victory and the dull ache of rejection remains wafer thin.

All the while there lurks the great unanswerable. In a moment of high desperation, will either of the two main party leaders break bread with Mary Lou McDonald?