For the first time in a long time Ireland’s news media have actually acknowledged that the streets of our national capital witnessed some very public signs of protest against the official policy of indentured penury being inflicted on the Irish citizenry by the nation’s political establishment and their journalistic allies. I suppose this time the press could hardly ignore or under-report the demonstrations given the wide scale disruption in Dublin’s main thoroughfares. Of course that doesn’t mean that they couldn’t put their own spin on the events with a rattle or two of the fear drum for the oh-so timid members of the ruling elites. For it was not representatives of Seán and Síle Citizen voicing their concerns yesterday but a “hardcore Republican element” and that ever useful distraction, “dissident republicans”.
Deploy the pepper spray!
Meanwhile the remaining handful of journalists in Ireland with any notion of professional integrity have just been delivered a very pointed message of their own (again). Toe the establishment line or get the boot.