TDS re­signed to be­ing in­ept

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

The res­ig­na­tion of Martin O’neill sent shock waves through the world of Ir­ish pol­i­tics. Not be­cause TDS care who’s in charge of the Ire­land foot­ball team. Politi­cians only pre­tend to be in­ter­ested in sport when need­ing to per­suade vot­ers that they’re vaguely nor­mal.

In­stead it was the fact that he’d stepped down at all which caused con­ster­na­tion. “What was he think­ing?” pan­icked Gov­ern­ment min­is­ters could be heard whis­per­ing to one an­other in the cor­ri­dors at Le­in­ster House. “Ev­ery­one knows you never re­sign. You cling on to your job for dear life, no mat­ter how use­less you are.”

They’re said to be par­tic­u­larly con­cerned that O’neill walked away fol­low­ing ac­cu­sa­tions of chronic un­der­achieve­ment. Where would the coun­try be if politi­cians start re­sign­ing just be­cause they were mak­ing things worse? In a much bet­ter place, prob­a­bly, but that’s not the point. Martin O’neill should be ashamed of him­self for set­ting such a good ex­am­ple.

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