Oliver Callan: St Patrick’s Day a party for phoney Ireland

Behind the shamrock blinkers and pleasant poetry, we’re just hypocrites

Taoiseach Enda Kenny in Washington on Thursday: elected a TD in 1975, he was in a better position than most to do something about the horrors that continued in his time. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Taoiseach Enda Kenny in Washington on Thursday: elected a TD in 1975, he was in a better position than most to do something about the horrors that continued in his time. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

For a people renowned for nostalgia, we Irish sure know how to move on. We travelled from shame to pride within a week.

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