Hilary Fannin: ‘Memory cannot be abolished in a referendum’

A friend coming home from London reminded me that the past does not recede

My friend came home from London for the weekend. I picked up her and her young son from Dublin Airport. She was looking spiffing in a velvet jacket. She’d been working that morning, and hadn’t had time to change.

She has an air of professionalism. You would confidently buy a second-hand car from her, not that she’s in the automobile industry. Her work concerns itself instead with the spluttering engine of the mind.

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