Monday 22 January 2018

Yes, Angela, we are a special case and we are due some payback

German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Photo: Hannibal Hanschke/Reuters
German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Photo: Hannibal Hanschke/Reuters
Eamon Delaney

Eamon Delaney

The phrase about rearranging the deckchairs on the Titanic as a metaphor for pointless activity at a time of crisis is often overused, but there is no better way to describe the current Irish political scene as we blithely gaze down at the icebergs and wreckage of Brexit.

Having ignored the issue during our recent election, our main political parties continue to evade their clear responsibilities and instead watch each other more closely than they do the international situation, as they play the 'who'll pull the plug' game on their ramshackle 'new politics' arrangement.

Truly, we are in the 'Republic of Limbo', as both Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil play to their own interests rather than those of Ireland - both parts of Ireland, given the way Brexit is playing out.

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