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A guest post by Edward Horgan of Shannonwatch
I know there is a saying that ‘all politics is local’ but it seems surprising still that hugely important issues like Syria, Palestine, the refugee crisis, serious risk of a major war, if Saudi Arabia sends troops into Syria, US military use of Shannon airport, have all been ignored in election debates in Ireland so far.
TFMR Ireland has issued a statement to mark the first anniversary of Dáil Éireann rejecting a bill to legislate for terminations of pregnancy in cases of Fatal Foetal Abnormalities, and to coincide with MLAs in the Northern Ireland Assembly debating an amendment to the Justice Bill to allow just that.
The Art of Political Rhetoric – by Kevin Higgins
I am glad you asked me that question
(and not the other one). Absolutely.
Under no circumstances,
except those that will definitely arise.
We need to have a conversation;
and offer the public big solutions
to problems they didn’t know they had.
We must build an economy based
on real people going
backwards up the escalator
towards a future in which
they can all equally
disbelieve. The inquiry into these
matters must have teeth,
or at least, dentures.
We will make this country a hub
for inward upvestment from
the Apples, the Googles,
the Redtubes. It’s a zero-sum
game between Limerick
and Drogheda United in which
neither team will turn up,
if they know what’s good for them.
Hardly anyone will die
because of what we propose. We will provide
the twenty first century hospitals
the squeezed muddle have been roaring
and shouting for. We are committed,
absolutely, to exclusivity in the arts.
Ballet dancing for big people. That sort of thing.
We will fill the country
with so many green-house gasses,
it will float off, of its own volition,
into the sky.
I was privileged to attend yesterday
the least important meeting
in the history of the world.
This is not a time for soundbites,
but I can feel
what I sincerely hope
is the hand of posterity
up my derriere
and think it might be stuck there.
–“Less despair”, Fergus O’Dowd TD
These past few years you’ve been through
days of general terribleness.
We’ve been here (or hereabouts).
Recent studies show slightly less
despair in people’s hearts,
and in other parts of their anatomies too;
that we’ve succeeded
in temporarily reducing
the number of new cases
of tuberculosis and cholera
among the insignificant.