For any reader outside of The Republic, the most recent political teacup-storm is Golfgate. Last week, 81 members of the Great and the Good,
- a) members or guests of the Oireachtas Golf Society
- b) accepted an invitation to a memorial round of golf in honour of a recently dead golfing colleague, Mark Killelea MEP for Fianna Fáil FF
- c) drove to the Far West Coast,
- very likely skirting the edge of Kildare despite that county's lockdown status
- d) had "a good walk spoiled" on Clifden Links
- e) stopped for celebratory dinner.
Big Story because we-the-people have been dutifully obeying the rules for nearly 6 months: cancelling weddings, holidays, TGIFs, funerals and doctor's appointment. Now it seemed that there was a different set of rules for those making the rules. The commentary ranged from echoing Tom Macaulay's We know no spectacle so ridiculous as the British public in one of its periodical fits of morality to a great many sardonic, ironic and devastatingly witty take-downs.
But to me it was ooooo data, and so I set off looking for a complete list of attendees. What I found was a lot of sloppy plagiarism of Aoife Moore's original story down to repeating her selection, in the same order, of a subset of attendees to "name and shame" in the cliché of the day. I still don't have a complete list.
- Did someone mention cliché in the context of Irish political commentary?
- They did
- And will anyone cite Myles na gCopaleen's Catechism of Cliché?
- They will
- Is there an example of such an interchange?
- There is:
- What does it behove us to proclaim?
- Our faith.
- In what does it behove us to proclaim our faith?
- From what vertiginous eyrie does it behove us to proclaim our faith in democracy?
- From the house-tops.
- At what time should we proclaim our faith in democracy from the house-tops?
- Now, more than ever.
- What action must be taken in relation to our energies?
- They must be directed.
- In what unique manner?
- And how must they apologise?
Whoo-har. These Dublin Insiders have clearly read their Myles na gCop; or more likely their use of language is as tired and unimaginative as the sincerity of their sorrow.
- And how did they apologise?
- Dara Calleary FF Min Ag
- Seamus Woulfe Supreme Court Judge FG Attorney General
- Noel Grealish Independent TD [Host]
- Jerry Buttimer FG Senator
- Paddy Burke FG Senator
- "an error of judgement on my behalf and I apologise "
- John Cummins FG senator
- Paul Daly FF Senator
- Aidan Davitt FF Senator
- Niall Blaney FF Senator
- Donie Cassidy former FF TD Senator [Host]
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