Crooked Timber mentions the Irish Times coverage of Declan Costello. Not being big into politics since the current generation are uninspiring and having not done Irish history in school, I never read about this very interesting man. It seems he was a great inspiration and who actually managed to change society and engage with the younger generations. Some contract to the lot we have today. It must have been great to live in those times when politics was exciting. When was the last time politics was actually exciting, the birth of the PDs? Mark Waters also points to the CT piece.
When was the last time politics was actually exciting, the birth of the PDs?
You mean “the Haughey years”. Be careful what you wish for….
As I said
You can still attempt to answer the question if you like.
Early 90’s had the potential to be exciting with the election of Mary Robinson and the rise of Labour in the ’92 election. For a moment there was the possibility that the civil-war political mould would be broken and national politics would begin to reflect reality rather than the premiership league (Irish peoples’ preferences for and allegiences to Irish political parties seem to have about as much logic as their preferences for Liverpool, Manchester United or Arsenal) . Unfortunately, the mould was quickly recast and national politics to this day remains curiously disconnected from the reality of peoples’ lives. (By the way, I’m not saying the Labour party were going to save the country, they were as much to blame as anyone for the failure to realign the political spectrum).
81-82 was also an exciting time with 3 elections in the space of one year. However, as EWI alludes to above in reference to the PDs, much of the excitement had little to do with politics and more to do with soap opera style drama.
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