Sunday 21 January 2018

That can wait until September


Taoiseach Leo Varadkar Photo: PA
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar Photo: PA
Brendan O'Connor

Brendan O'Connor

For some reason it was particularly noticeable last week. They were gone. Who? That's the weird thing. We're not quite sure. But for some gilded class of people who make up much of the traffic and many of the goings-on around the place, summer is here and they have disappeared somewhere. Which is odd, because most of us are still here, still doing our jobs, still functioning throughout the summer. So who are these people and where have they gone?

Obviously the traffic situation is partially explained by the schools closing. So we know that much. The teachers are off. And some of the mothers and the children are gone to these places they seem to go. But that doesn't really explain the sense of gone fishin' around the place, does it?

The politicians obviously are gone too now. They have this strict rule whereby nothing can be done in the summer months. Even if it's urgent. So we had that odd situation in Northern Ireland a few weeks ago where they tried to reach a deal, and it was really urgent to reach a deal, but they failed. And then everyone just gave up and said: "Ah well. They'll surely reach a deal in September." And that was it! Suddenly it was urgent no more. The only pressing issue all of a sudden was that they should all be paid over the summer.

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