Beasts Of Burden

at

Taoiseach Michael Martin with Fergal Keane on BBC News today

This afternoon.

In a wide-ranging interview with BBC News, Taoiseach Micheál Martin said:

“I worry a bit about the post-Brexit noise from EU member states towards Britain and vice versa.

“I would tell one or two of them that they need to cool it, dial it down.

“This isn’t an ongoing battle between the UK and some of the bigger beasts of Europe. Let’s move away from that. They need to cool it. We’ll be collateral damage in all of that.

“Everybody needs to cool it a bit.”

Meanwhile…

He also indicated that any extension to the grace period for the NI protocol would be for a matter of months – “It can’t be a year,” he said.

The taoiseach also spoke about tensions in loyalist areas over the NI protocol and Irish Sea border in recent weeks.

Mr Martin said: “I don’t think the threats were as real perhaps, as might have been suggested, but you can see how it can tip over very quickly. And therefore we have to be very, very vigilant that it doesn’t,” he said.

He also talked about fears that such tensions could lead to a return to sectarian violence in Northern Ireland.

“If we handle this the wrong way, and if things are handled wrongly, you could provoke that response” he said.

Meanwhile…

Asked about the possibility of a border poll to decide the political future of the island of Ireland, the taoiseach said:

“If we just see this as a simple numerical majoritarianism, we’re going backwards, not forward. And I don’t believe the future of the island of Ireland is about majoritarianism.”

He said it would be a mistake to have a border poll in the next five years.

Brexit: Micheál Martin calls on ‘big beasts’ of EU to ‘cool it’ (BBC)

Pic: BBC

Sponsored Link

11 thoughts on “Beasts Of Burden

  1. Micko

    MM has introduced the phrase “cool it” into his lexicon and has now used it three times in a single interview.

    Someone must have switched the chip in his head from ‘read only’ to ‘write mode’

    He now knows “why we cry”

    Dun dun dun dun dun…

    1. Brother Barnabas

      “Cool it” and “Dial it down lads” are standard issue phrases for bogger schoolteachers, which martin still is

  2. GiggidyGoo

    “If we just see this as a simple numerical majoritarianism, we’re going backwards, not forward. And I don’t believe the future of the island of Ireland is about majoritarianism.”

    As in the state of Fianna Fail basically.

  3. Dr.Fart

    Saying there isn’t anything in the graffiti threats is correct. But trust ego monster, Varadkar to come out and do a whole fuppin interview on it, meandering on to people being mean on social media. He’s obsessed. Like as if someone is literally threatening to hang him if he goes to Northern Ireland. Imagine that news bulletin.. “graffiti writer lives up to promise. Varadkar found hanging from tree at border.”

  4. Chevy Chase

    “I would tell one or two of them that they need to cool it, dial it down.” – I’m willing to make a pretty big bet you won’t open your mouth though

  5. Charger Salmons

    If there was a border poll now and the outcome was a rejection of a united Ireland how often would it be expected they would be held.
    Once in a lifetime – every 30 or so years like the Scottish Calcutta Cup win.
    Or the SNP-style once in a lifetime which appears to be the life span of a caterpillar.
    Personally I hope they have one soon and the vote goes for a united Ireland so Blighty can get rid of freeloading Celts – same applies for north of Hardian’s Wall.
    Then we can sit back and watch the fun and games begin.

  6. Andrew

    People need to cool it? Varadkar has been engaging in anti British rhetoric for years now aided and abetted by the likes of Fintan O’Toole . It’s bizarre. I’ve heard normally mild mannered, middle class people parroting this nonsense since Brexit started,
    Our politicians erred badly taking the stance they did throughout the Brexit talks. They should have been much more conciliatory.

  7. Gabby

    That’s three radio interviews today by An Taoiseach Mr. Martin. He is a soft spoken, mild mannered interviewee. I suppose he has to raise his public profile above that of the brasher speaking Tanaiste Mr. Varadkar, who sometimes gives the impression of still bwing Taoiseach.
    In party politics nowadays public image is so important. Between the image and the reality there lies the shadow.

  8. Truth in the News

    A border poll would be the end of FF and what’s left of the Unionists, who would promptly get into
    bed with the Blueshirts, in fact the logo on the original Blueshirts could be revived

Comments are closed.

Sponsored Link
Broadsheet.ie