At the end of a programme on RTÉ the other night, this message appeared. “In its correspondence with RTÉ and survivors, the Residential Institutions Redress Board has always referred to the implications of breaking section 28(6) of the Redress Act.”
By the time the starter calls the field to order for the Cheltenham Gold Cup, just before 3.30pm on Friday, March 13, we may well have downgraded that old conundrum — how many angels can dance on the head of a pin? — to a first-round four-marker.
Let’s face it, decades ain’t what they used to be. There was a time was when you knew where you stood with a decade. The sixties? Flower power and beards. The seventies? Sideburns and disco. The eighties? Everything was massive: shoulder pads, mobile phones, hair. You used to be able to tell a decade simply by looking at the trousers involved.
Minister of State at the Department of Finance and the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform, Patrick O’Donovan has described the latest Brexit proposals as not the basis for a deal, but they do form the basis for further negotiations.