Hands up for bor­der lovers

Sunday Independent (Ireland) - Living - - FRONT PAGE - EILIS O’HAN­LON

Ob­vi­ously, be­ing nice, wel­com­ing, mid­dle-class lib­eral types, we must all de­plore the sen­ti­ments ex­pressed by Fianna Fail coun­cil­lor Emma Cof­fey, who’s dared to warn about “in­flux mi­gra­tion” after Brexit.

But let’s at least give some credit to the Co Louth woman for ad­mit­ting that her pre­ferred so­lu­tion to the prob­lem is a hard bor­der. Yes, it’s against FF pol­icy. Yes, it’s a bit UKIP-ISH. The boys in the Dail must be scar­let.

But fair play to Cof­fey for stand­ing up for the Bor­der. In Ire­land, that’s the love that dare not speak its name. Ex­tolling any of the virtues of par­ti­tion is a bit like stand­ing up in a Mex­i­can restau­rant and declar­ing: “I think Don­ald Trump’s wall is a great idea.”

Whether Cof­fey ought to have said it is an­other mat­ter. If there’s one thing politi­cians should’ve re­alised by now, it’s that noth­ing is more dan­ger­ous than say­ing what you think. Keep your head down and stick to the party line, Emma. Don’t you know it’s the Ir­ish way?

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