On the evening the Garda Síochana (Amendment) Bill 2013 was being debated in the Dáil, the government benches were left empty. Not a fuck was given. The Irish papers today are decrying the ‘Terrifying’ (Mirror) scenes as Pateen ‘was beset by a group of more than 40 splinter republican and left-wing supporters tonight as he tried to enjoy a pint’ (Irish Times). He was ‘jostled and abused’ (Irish Independent).
Harry McGee was particularly offended, won’t somebody think of the horses?! He singled out Eírígí, although they weren’t actually involved in the incident, and noted that they ‘prominently displayed tricolours’ – for shame! We know these northside types with their tricolours, not a single Jesuit oldboy amongst them. By the way, what are ‘left-wing supporters’?
When a few minutes shouting at a government minister (coincidentally his Broadcasting bill which will fine everyone with a home another €160 on top of the other makey-uppy taxes he’s imposed) is so uniformly decried you can imagine the press calling for martial law if we ever did have popular public protest.