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The storming of the Dáil… September 29, 2010

Posted by WorldbyStorm in Economy, Irish Politics.
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Well now. Here we go. It was clear from the photographs that the truck wasn’t driven into the gates, so much as through them. Presumably the driver didn’t know of, or ignored, the mechanical barrier that lies just inside the gates.

Interestingly the garda helicopter wasn’t on site until 8.50, but given that there was little (or nothing, yes, let’s go with nothing) it could reveal from the air that wasn’t apparent on the ground small wonder it was gone by 9.00 or so.

As a protest it was well thought out, the immobiliser being a particularly nice touch in that it delayed the removal of the offending vehicle. And as a defining image, well, any semiotician worth their salt will tell you the importance of concise clear-cut messages.

This will be short hand for the Anglo-Irish debacle for quite some time. Prepare for cartoons, perhaps even a quip on Jay Leno (I jest, sort of – by the way on a slight tangent anyone who read the not so ‘funnies’ in the Phoenix this fortnight will have realised, as I did, just how appallingly that interview will continue to play for Cowen).

On the other hand, as a long-time community activist of my acquaintance who rang me to to tell me the news said, in case being actually in work I wasn’t aware of what was going a relative stones throw away (which by the way I wasn’t having not heard the news), it’s really just a side-show. And this isn’t the storming of the Bastille. Tedious as it may seem it’s feet on streets and political activism that will blunt the policies of this government. And that, as we all know, is a fair bit more difficult even than driving a cement truck in through the gates of Dáil Éireann.

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1. EWI - September 29, 2010

Presumably the “Anglo Avenger” is just a nom de guerre of Fintan O’Toole, if we can believe what has been claimed in the Sindo and the Seanad about past Dáil protests.

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WorldbyStorm - September 29, 2010

:)

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2. declan doyle - September 29, 2010

i presume they’ll throw him in the cells the rossport five use(s,)(d)
dissent isn’t tolerated …..
remember the painting of biffo in the nude that RTE apolgised for showing on the news.

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WorldbyStorm - September 29, 2010

I was wondering what sort of sentence might he get…

That’s very true about RTÉ…

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Dr. X - September 30, 2010

You’re not the Declan Doyle I knew in Enda’s alma mater, are you?

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3. Blissett - September 30, 2010

Question from a younger reader, have the funnies in the phoenix always been so shite?

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WorldbyStorm - September 30, 2010

Never much liked em…

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4. HAL - September 30, 2010

Symbolism seems to do it for us Irish maybe the more artistic amongst us could provide the catalyst to move the people into action.That or an endorsement from Jedward.

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5. Potohealy - September 30, 2010

Are the sound of the sexual revolution anyway the incestous little twits

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6. irishelectionliterature - September 30, 2010

Some wonderful interviews from Yesterday :)

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Pope Epopt - September 30, 2010

‘Taking it in the arse for the banks!”

What is it with that microphone? It’s not what I think it is, is it?

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Dr. X - September 30, 2010

Yes. Yes it is what you think it is.

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WorldbyStorm - September 30, 2010

Added post production – no?

Tell me no.

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Pope Epopt - September 30, 2010

Memberable!

I look forward to the day when the assembled press corps develop the balls (if you will excuse the expression in this context) to all turn up with dildonic windshields of varying shapes, sizes, colours and gnarlyness and start asking questions like:

“Were you always a lying prick or is that a bad habit you picked up recently?”

I would even sit through a Department of Finance briefing to experience that.

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Pope Epopt - September 30, 2010

Deputy Rabbitte looks like he is rather enjoying it!

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7. Ciaran O'Brien - September 30, 2010
WorldbyStorm - September 30, 2010

Brilliant, fair dues to SF!

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8. “Taking it in the arse for the banks” « The Punishment of Sloth - September 30, 2010

[...] is great. Via Cedar Lounge and Irish Election Literature [...]

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9. yourcousin - October 1, 2010

Any info on the fate of the driver and his background?

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10. sonofstan - October 2, 2010

Footage of the supposed ramming -for which read ‘coming to a gentle halt’

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Tomboktu - October 2, 2010

Well now, obviously you can see the Garda who had to jump out of the way, as reported to us to us by Deputy Fergus O’D?

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