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Halligan brings a touch of poetry to the halls of Leinster House
“If more politicians knew poetry and more poets knew politics, I’m convinced the world would be a better place to live.”
Playwright Jim Nolan quotes JFK in his foreword to a new collection of poetry by Independent TD John Halligan which was launched in the Waterford Book Centre last week.
John’s technical group colleague, Shane Ross, did the honours at the launch of Drop by Drop Upon the Heart. It’s a slim volume, but an engaging, wistful, thought-provoking read.
The independent deputy for Waterford dedicated the book to terminally ill multiple sclerosis sufferer Marie Fleming and her partner, Tom Curran.
Shane Ross applauded Halligan for his openness: “Very few of us TDs are willing to give away anything about our personal life.”
Maybe a few more of them might follow John’s lead. Our money is on Richard Boyd Barrett. During the recent Dáil tributes to poet Seamus Heaney, RBB revealed: “Before I became involved or was dragged into politics, I was a student of English literature in UCD and my ambition was to be a poet.”
Our favourite poem among Halligan’s reflections on love and life is one about his fondness for the sun. In the drab corridors of Leinster House, there is a certain Mediterranean flamboyance about John Halligan.
Oh To Be an Italian Signor
I would like to grow old in the sun
Weather beaten and dark brown
Like an Italian who lives a life of glam
And wears white shoes all of the time
Yes I can live with that
Not brooding under grey wet skies
And smashing my way through puddles
On recession beaten footpaths
And living white faced to the end.
A joke to finish.
Why did the chicken cross the road?
Because it isn’t a politician...
We hear ministers will not be making the usual budget day trip for interviews in Buswells Hotel or the nearby Oireachtas broadcasting facility in Kildare Street.
They will take place instead in the small facility within Leinster House because the authorities have decided it’s not safe for them to cross Kildare Street.