Wednesday, 05 May 2010 19:59
As I listened to reports of the Labour Party's most recent Conference in Galway, my mind wandered back to a 1970's conference of theirs in Salthill's Leisureland, outside of which I was the lone picketer.
There was a while of an evening in which Charlie Bird and myself manned the entrance, he as a journalist, me as a maverick priest.
Inside Dr. Noel Browne waxed lyrical about the evils of coalition government as far as the party was concerned.
One of his more damning phrases referred to ministers being "shoehorned into the back of ministerial mercedes cars."
Some years earlier it had been proclaimed that: "the '70s will be socialist" while cynics said it would not happen until "the socialists were 70."