The mysterious case of the vanishing protesters
So Donald Trump isn't welcome in Ireland, but a man whose boss drops bombs on children is? That makes no sense, says Eilis O'Hanlon
Campaigners pledged to organise protests against Donald Trump if the Republican Party's nominee for US president visited Ireland this week.
A 'Trump Not Welcome' umbrella group was formed, comprising Anti-Austerity Alliance/People Before Profit, the Greens and other feminist and anti-racist groups. In the event, the man who would be king didn't come, disappointing those for whom protesting is a way of life; but they didn't have to put away the placards so meekly. There was another target in town.
So where were the protests against US vice-president Joe Biden, who has been in the country since Tuesday, apparently researching his family tree? This is a man who supported sending troops to Afghanistan after 9/11 and who voted to authorise the Iraq War.