Thousands of students had gathered to vent their rage. Marching, waving placards and shouting.
We’re standing here united as students; we’re not taking this any longer.
One of their leaders shouted at the nation.
The situation is not acceptable anymore.
Was this the ‘revolution’ Elaine Byrne wrote about recently?
Had the young people of Ireland finally woke up to the wholesale destruction caused to their country by corrupt politicians and bankers?
Had they woken up to the fact that corruption had destroyed any prospects for their future in their own country; that they and their children would be paying for the greed and corruption for generations to come?
Alas, no. The anger and fury was sparked because a dispute in the college was preventing the publication of some exam results (RTE News, 13th report).
Every day I check the headlines, beat the bushes, scan the horizon, waiting for the revolution but, to date, nothing. Not a sign of a ‘revolutionary’ student to be seen.
Vincent Browne was writing about student ‘action’ in the Sunday Business Post yesterday. A group of Trinity College students were invited to give their views on the constitution to the Oireachtas Committee on the Constitution.
Boring and entirely pointless writes Browne. He concluded that nothing can be done about the people who have destroyed our country until the next election.
We can see by this that Browne is just as ‘revolutionary’ as the young people of Ireland. Imagine the revolutionaries of 1916 saying.
The situation is intolerable but let’s waits for the next election and then we’ll show them what’s what.
Sadly, there’s not a revolutionary bone in the body of a single young Irish citizen and ‘revolution’ for most older citizens like Browne involves switching allegiance from one corrupt, ultra conservative party to a slightly less corrupt, ultra conservative party and five years later switching back again.