St Patrick’s Day was about national pride but where were our leaders?

Over three weeks ago the decent people of this Republic, by endorsing new politicians with their vote, oiled the hinges that opened the door of opportunity to them. What are they doing since?
St Patrick’s Day was about national pride but where were our leaders?

Regardless of what combinations they juggle with, the onus is on the two main ones — FG and FF — to get a government in place.

With neither sitting Dáil nor Senate, last week alone, the industrious people of this country set a model of positive performance that would be the envy of either. St Patricks’ Day parades and exhibitions, were voluntarily arranged in every city, town and village to promote our country, our produce and our communities.

It was an exercise in national pride and imagination that brought joy and laughter to young and old alike. Appreciated too, in the same week, was the enthusiasm and hard work of Irish owners, trainers and jockeys in getting so many of our horses to the Cotswolds, further enhancing our bloodstock industry and famous race-horses. Witnessing the skill and tenacity of master wizard Ruby Walsh, pilot the Mullins’ trained flying machine, Annie Power, to victory in the Cheltenham Champion Hurdle on opening day, was a memorable feat.

More thrills were to follow, concluding with the Elliott/ Michael O’Leary combination pulling off the Gold Cup, as Brian Cooper on Don Cossack stormed home. Can newly elected politicians afford to watch this buzz and progress pass them by? They need to get cracking.

James Gleeson,


Co Tipperary.

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