Thursday September 24, 2020

Any Other Business: Tangled up in blue EU ties

This week the government was determined to stick a teal tie around the neck of every European who put his nose anywhere near Dublin Castle or Government Buildings.

13th January, 2013
All tied up: José Manuel Barroso and Enda Kenny. Photo: Photocall

Well, there was no question what the story of the week was. All the papers carried it. You couldn't miss the pictures.

Yes, the Irish government had bought new ties for the European presidency. Ministers regularly complain that the media is negative, cynical, unhelpful, damaging to national morale and so on, but here was a good news story to which the press were devoting detailed coverage every day. Surely even Pat Rabbitte was impressed.

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