Elaine Byrne: We need Cosgrave and the tall poppies

Elaine Byrne: We need Cosgrave and the tall poppies
Ireland’s most successful Olympic coach, Billy Walsh

The personal attacks on Cosgrave were typical shoot the messenger but ignore the message stuff

Australia calls it the ‘tall poppy syndrome’.

This pejorative term describes the tendency to disparage ambitious behaviour. It is directed toward successful people who are resented for their achievements. ‘Tall poppying’ is the process of cutting them down to size.

The Irish version is ‘above your station’.

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