Narrowly avoided nonsense
THE news that Donald Trump is not, after all, visiting Ireland in November will have come as a huge blow to the left here.
Richard Boyd Barrett, Paul Murphy and all other such radicals must have thought all their Christmases had come at once when the trip was first announced. They flew into action, planning all manner of mass protests.
Even middle-of-the-road types like Eamon Ryan and Brendan Howlin seemed excited, Ryan in particular with his nonsense talk of the spirit of Daniel O’Connell’s monster meetings.
I really don’t know what good they think their protests would have done. Trump is the democratically elected leader of the US, so he’s not answerable to any Irish politician. They have absolutely no right to tell him what to do.
Thank goodness we have avoided all that nonsense. Brendan McDonald, Drogheda, Co. Louth.