Following on from the Dublin government’s endowment of the Mr Tony Blair Chair of Irish Studies at Liverpool University, I couldn’t help but notice Dermot Ahern’s announcement of a Conflict Resolution Unit, aimed at solving the problems of the world with reference to Ireland’s shining example. Now this won’t be a piddly wee interpretive centre, but a fully-fledged unit of the DFA with a €25m annual budget. There will further be a linked-in high-powered academic centre with the mission to train up peace professionals. This will allow the Dominion of ‘Éire’ to compete with the Norwegians in the peace business, and further burnish the reputation of our European Statesman. Here’s an idea – why not name the academic wing the Bertie Centre for Shock and Awe?
While we’re on Bertie, I loved this cracking little Swiftian diatribe from Diarmuid Doyle in the Turbine. Our Taoiseach really is almost beyond satire.