The starting point for Michael West’s new play, in this joint production by Corn Exchange and the Abbey, is an alternative, though highly familiar, 1970s Ireland. You know, elections every few weeks, bad suits, wide ties, and a seedy nexus of politics and property development.
The directors of Staid Cois Laoi, the company tasked with running the redeveloped Páirc Uí Chaoimh, will meet in the next fortnight, with Munster rugby games, financial compliance, and naming rights for the stadium expected to feature on the agenda.
SINCE the foundation of the State, we have had a succession of taoisigh with various modus operandi, some prepared to work with those in opposition in a collegiate manner, others preferring to take the confrontational route.
The Fine Gael leadership contest has risked causing a damaging party rift, after Leo Varadkar accused Simon Coveney of “divisive and dishonest” politics, with his rival claiming that Mr Varadkar is “spending money we don’t have”.