Plenty of hot air but no new wisdom in latest debate

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If the GE2020 manifestos had at moments hinted at a type of attainable utopia, there was a sense of foreboding in the air for this debate, writes MichealLehane

Somewhere in Roy Keane's first autobiography he writes about Brian Clough, his then manager at Nottingham Forest, unexpectedly punching him in the face after a mistake made on the pitch.

Then Micheál Martin rounded on Sinn Féin again as Mary Lou McDonald asked him to demonstrate some courtesy.Green Party Leader Eamon Ryan looked to the creation of a bigger state system while Brendan Howlin, attempted to sell himself as the wisest and most prudent of all.As everyone tried to settle, the Solidarity-PBP representative Mick Barry spoke of potentially larger spending figures than anyone else present have ever thought of.

Sláintecare appeared to bring a healing consensus to the room before talk of the National Treatment Purchase Fund severed it again. And of course in many such brawls there is mention of the Black and Tans and the RIC, and this was no exception.The topic that allowed this was the traditionally divisive one, the future of the Island of Ireland.

 

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