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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