Irish Grand Slam win chimes with Brexit border tussle

Irish Grand Slam win chimes with Brexit border tussle
Ireland celebrate their Grand Slam victory at Twickenham. Pic: Getty

In the Brexit referendum debate, the few that acknowledged that the Irish border might be relevant were equally content to assume that a compliant government in Dublin would quietly adjust to any new reality

Mostly, sport is a wonderful distraction. Compared to the messy complexities of politics, its simple certainties are comforting and clear. Winners and losers, heroes and villains and a definitive result at the end of the contest. Almost uniquely, it seems able to channel raging partisan passion into benignly harmless banter.

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