From top: the offending article in The Spectator; Ireland’s UK ambassador Adrian O’Neill and his letter to the magazine’s editor
A diplomatic response to ‘ cheese-eating surrender monkey’ accusations leveled at Ireland in The Spectator by the suitably-named, Robert Hardman.
Hardman said that Ireland was joining a group of “flimsily-connected” countries with “deplorable human rights records” and “French-speaking crooks”, some of whom, he added, appeared “at the bottom of every global corruption index”.
“Only the mean-spirited would suggest that little Leo will do anything to suck up to the top gang in the EU playground…,” he continued.
“How odd, then, to see the Irish — usually so quick to take offence at any whiff of imperialism — acting as a cheerleader for French aggrandisement.”
A ‘Yellow Vest’ protest in Rouen, France; a mural in Paris by Pascal Boyart based on Eugene Delacroix’s painting Liberty Leading The People
Today, in The Irish Times…
Lara Marlowe reports:
The revolt is ideologically closest to the far right.
Gratuitous violence, racism, sexism, anti-Semitism and homophobia are the dark side of the movement that has plunged France into its worst crisis of the past half century.
Like Donald Trump’s grassroots supporters in the US, the gilets jaunes deeply distrust traditional media.
“Journalistes, collabos, journalistes, collabos,” they chant in front of television, radio and newspaper headquarters. Journalists are regarded as part of the elite, and as “collaborators” of the Macron administration.
…The future of Europe, as well as the future of France, is at stake in Macron’s struggle quell the gilets jaunes.
This, the rescheduled fixture from February that was frozen off.
The game described as a “classic” by a big corporate sponsor on Youtube (above) some years later, was anything but, despite the best efforts of Tommy Bowe (top).
A despondent Gerry Thornley in the irish Times, lamented:
Thus, no less than the French and perhaps even slightly more so, Ireland were left rueing a first draw with Les Bleus since the championship winning year of 1985 and first in Paris since 1950, and their first of any kind since the 20-20 draw with Australia in Croke Park in November 2009….