For those interested, Rósín English has been touring the country, asking people at constituency level about what are the issues that are important to them locally. She also talks to local journalists and candidates to try to get a flavour of how the seats will fall. You can find a record of these shows on the (much improved) RTE website.
A combination of factors, most notably my own lassitude, caused the great poetry project to fall into abeyance in recent times. My reading continued during this fallow period, but was limited to work by poets I’d already written about here – the lesson being to only buy slim volumes, so that I don’t spend weeks on end waiting to finish a poet, before I can move on to write about a new one.
Maman Poulet tells me that Vincent Browne is running reconstructions of Micheal Neary's Fitness to Practice hearings. These are the hearings of the Irish Medical Council, not evidence from the Lourdes Inquiry report. She quotes a line from Neary, telling women what he had done;"I took away the cradle and left the playpen".