“funding for the arts is as important to our infrastructure as roads, hospitals and schools”, he [President Higgins] argued.
Imagine how much more seriously the average person would take President
Higgins’s speech to yesterday’s meeting of Aosdána - and he's absolutely right
in whan he said - if he had referred the Irish Water Bill to the Supreme Court,
Ó Dálaigh did the Emergency
Powers Bill in 1976.
Also quoted in this Irish
Times article about Aosdána's meeting yesterday is Mannix Flynn who, at
Dublin City Council's meeting on Monday, voted against the motion calling for
the release of the 5 jailed anti-water charges protesters (which was passed in
any case). Mr Flynn has yet to publicly explain why he voted in this way.
There’s a potentially quite dangerous disconnect between
some in the Arts in Ireland and reality right now. There are those who are all
for people standing up, as long as no one actually does, or if it's limited to
the crank level of the usual few histrionics. Go about the place pretending to
be Maude Gonne, or don a Sean O’Casey style cap and stand outside Leinster
House shouting to no one about imperialism, and you’ll be called courageous. But
a real movement of the great unrinsed, now we couldn't be having that, could
we; it might disturb one's Haiku which makes mention of Lenin in the last line.
are indeed weeping, and gnashing their teeth just a little bit as well.
And this woman is still in jail.