Kathy Sheridan: If Verona Murphy is elected on Friday, what will it tell us?

Fine Gael’s reaction to candidate's comments on immigration is infuriating

Fine Gael local election candidate Verona Murphy canvassing at New Ross, Co Wexford. ‘We are still no wiser about the source of Murphy’s claims despite the gravity of them.’ Photograph: Patrick Browne

Fine Gael local election candidate Verona Murphy canvassing at New Ross, Co Wexford. ‘We are still no wiser about the source of Murphy’s claims despite the gravity of them.’ Photograph: Patrick Browne

Our leaders are developing quite the annoying habit of chivvying us to move on. Forget about it. Let it go.

It is true that the generally healthy response to most of life’s annoyances is to ventilate the point (or not to bother) and move on. The bigger issues are another matter. By whisking Verona Murphy off to a direct provision centre and fitting her out with sackcloth, ashes and a vanishing trick, Fine Gael is telling us there is no more to see here. Move on.

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