Yesterday was a day where politics took a back seat in light of the Cork crash and unfolding events in Egypt. From a media perspective it could only be said that we live in interesting times.
What did happen yesterday though is summed up eloquently by Christine Bohan on Irish Election.com. Just stop reading before you get to the bit about the banjo string.
Moving on to today and the Labour Party launched its manifesto in that monument to egalitarianism the Aviva Stadium, or Lansdowne Road as Aodhán O’Riordan insisted on referring to it in his tweets. Cue plenty of lines about Ireland’s Call being to vote Labour and such like. The rugby team were training for Sunday’s six nations game behind the glass box as well. I would have preferred the use of Croke park myself but the GAA stands very much above any form of party political alignment. At least Eamon avoided being hauled into a photo-op with a couple of hookers down on the pitch. If you are in need of some weekend reading the manifesto can be downloaded here.
In all the sparring and economic jousting it can sometimes be that the plight of the people affected by decisions taken in Dail Eireann are forgotten. Take time then to read a piece on Campaign Trail.ie which highlights the plight of youth emigration. As a son in the 1980’s I probably benefitted in the overall scheme of things by having to emigrate to England. As a Father in 2011 I would prefer that my children have a choice when their time comes.
And finally for today the campaign literature from around the country continues to fly in to the Election Literature blog. It was certainly a surprise but a pleasant one at that to read the pay off line from Mick Wallace a developer turned independent candidate in Wexford who espoused the common sense line that the Left has put forward for the past two years.
“Instead of the neoliberal approach of draining the system to balance the books we need to listen to learn the lessons of history and hear the voices of international experts who recommend investment and stimulus measures in order to create employment and economic growth.”