Nar­rowly avoided non­sense

The Irish Mail on Sunday - - LETTERS -

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.

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