Spectators, not participants: Irish politicians watch the rest of the world go by

Modern media has brought the world to our doorsteps like never before. But modern Irish politics has no idea how to deal with this, writes Pat Leahy.

20th July, 2014

On Thursday evening, after ten days of air bombardment of the occupied Palestinian territories in the Gaza Strip, Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu ordered his ground forces to invade the area.

Aside from its human consequences on the ground in Gaza, the conflict is likely to fuel Islamism throughout the region and the world, and threatens to destabilise the entire region. The effects of a wider regional instability, or subsequent conflagration on global trade and...

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