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Where does Silvio go from here?

Well, we’re not going to find out what Silvio Ganley’s plans are for the future if we’re to rely on the likes of Vincent Browne and Eamon Dunphy. On Nighty Night With Vincent Browne on Friday, the grand poobah was …

Mon, Jun 16, 2008, 14:19

   

Well, we’re not going to find out what Silvio Ganley’s plans are for the future if we’re to rely on the likes of Vincent Browne and Eamon Dunphy.

On Nighty Night With Vincent Browne on Friday, the grand poobah was getting busy in a BK bathroom with what was left of the Lisbon Treaty. What was interesting to note was how Vinnie treated his guests. Mary Hanafin was ignored, Patrica McKenna was tolerated and Alan Dukes was told to stay quiet. But referendum man of the match, Silvio, was treated with the kind of respect visiting heads of state and young starlets normally get. Every time Dukes went to make a point about what had been said, Vinnie told him to hush and stared at Silvio with those puppy-dog eyes of his. I don’t think I’ve ever encountered such a soft interview outside of an RTE chat show featuring some lass from Fair City. Very strange behaviour from the host – and there wasn’t even a hint of a sigh or a groan from him.

On Saturday morning, Silvio was back on the airwaves, this time with Eamon Dunphy asking the questions on Conversations with The Great Man. Surely this was going to a proper interview? Surely Eamon would ask some questions which Silvio wouldn’t be able to blarney away to one side by refering to footing turf on a bog or telling the Latvian government what to do? Surely there would be blood on the airwaves? Er, no, another love-in with Silvio.

Puzzling behaviour altogether from the Irish media seniors. Either there’s absolutely nothing remotely controversial about Silvio or the two lads are just totally infatuated with him and his brave new political world. At least if Silvio wants to start a new magazine or take over a football team, he’ll know who to go to for advice.