GrahamH wrote:RuairÃ Quinn was most impressive speaking on Prime Time a few weeks ago about the nature of the position, but principally on Dublin itself, about which he was passionate and eloquent. Most refreshing.
David Norris is 'in conversation' with Ursula Halligan tonight at 23.15, onq.
Yes, RuairÃ cuts the mustard for me - urbane, a vast intellect and a well-experienced politician. Had his finger on the pulse in his day.
When the Fianna FÃ¡il lads are taking the credit for the Celtic Tiger in years to come just remind them that RuairÃ Quinn introduced the Economic Development Zones in the mid-nineties.
A great mayor-in-waiting, but only if the office gets some real teeth and claws.
I buttonholed David Norris recently in the DÃ¡il coffee dock after a meeting to lobby for a review of the Building Control Act 2010 and he was as affable and good humoured in real life as he is in the media.
Norris punted a lone canoe for years about the atrocities in East Timor when there was no political capital to be made, purely on principle.
If I recall correctly, he had to put up with the same patronising good humour on the Late, Late Show speaking about East Timor, that Mannix Flynn had to when he spoke about the abuse of children in the Industrial Schools.
I used to disbelieve Mannix Flynn and - until I researched Kissinger's authoriship of many atrocities - I confess didn't think a whole lot about East Timor.
East Timor was another American-sponsored disaster, well-covered in Christopher Hitchens' book "The Trial of Henry Kissinger".
I think David Norris would make an excellent president.
As long as Ivor Callelly doesn't run for either post, we'll still be able to look Europe in the eye.