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Magnificent seven

The Magnificent Seven -- a gay man, an ex-terrorist, a Eurovision singer, a poet, a businessman who looks remarkably like my thumb, a quango survivor and Gay Mitchell ... Ireland has come far.

Whatever you think of this lot, they are an exciting bunch of people. As the skeletons come out of the closet daily, the one who makes it first across the finish line will have had their lives dissected and analysed to death. And they will probably get into the Aras and close the door for a year to recuperate.