So, I was asked to write the televised address to the nation that you’ll all be watching on Sunday. Enda’s rehearsing it off the teleprompter right now. Here’s what you can expect:
What a week it has been, not just for Ireland but the world. We lost a truly historical figure. As I wrote in the book of condolences - ‘Noble savage Simba, you did not go gently into that good night for you’re a better man than I am, Gunga Din’. The ‘good night’ and ‘Gunga Din’ bits are quotes from literature that I thought it statesman like to include, although I’m not sure they have books over there. Either way, Simba is gone now. Yes, Simba is gone but such is the circle of life that we not only say adieu to good things but bad things also. Tonight I can happily tell you all, all of you in your homes and on the streets of Ireland and those laying bereft in the gutter and at the bottom of remote lonely lakes, that the time has come for us to bid adieu to the bailout.
Now I know it wasn’t easy and has been quite the test, not just for you, the people of this nation, but for the Fine Gael party. Difficult and unpopular decisions had to be made but the party has gotten through this, maintaining healthy support from the populace and, you know, perhaps, just maybe, the populace itself will also make it through these times with some semblance of quality of life. Who knows? I wouldn’t count on it but stranger things have certainly happened so we can hope and what are we without hope? I will tell you what we are without hope. Without hope we are Luke Ming Flanagan and Clare Daly. Jaysus, who’d want to be either of them yokes? (chuckle gently to yourself here Enda)
(reassume the serious expression and proceed) The important thing is that we made it. Fine Gael made it and is looking at another term in office under my stewardship. I saw us right. They doubted me, Lucinda, Leo, Coveney, all the young bucks, Bruton’s babies, but I saw us through. As would be expected of any great leader, I strode forward, I stood proud, I put my hand up and I asked
mammy Merkel - ‘an bhfuil cead agam dul
go dtí an markets’ and mammy said yes. Yes we can. To quote another
marvellous black fella - ‘is feidir linn’. Do you member the uplifting
afternoon he spent with us in Dublin? Him and Jedward and Amy Huberman. Was Amy
Huberman there? She probably was. It was lovely wasn’t it? I had a lovely time
myself and there’ll be more lovely times ahead too. That I guarantee. Lovely
times ahead, for me certainly and perhaps even for some of you. Just sit tight
and wait and see. You never know. In the heel of the hunt, whether there are
lovely times ahead for you or not is neither here nor there. Small tragedies
are not recorded by history but large triumphs are and the Fine Gael party has
certainly triumphed. We are exiting the bailout! Do you know what that means?
Do you realise the ramifications? I don’t. I admit that. But I do know that it
sounds good and so did ‘is feidir linn’ and you all bought into that
remember? Jesus, yeah, you did. Unbelievable. To be perfectly honest, I really
thought this job would be a lot tougher than it is.
Anyway, to conclude. Personally, and on behalf of the Fine Gael party, I would like to thank you, the Irish people, the citizenry of this nation, for the support, stoicism, patience, timidity and astonishing gullibility you have exhibited over the course of this difficult period. Fine Gael (now incorporating Labour), couldn’t have pulled this off without your dutiful compliance and patriotic lassitude. Go raibh maith agaibh.
I now return you to the usual programming. Room To Improve should be on. Do you like that? Fionnuala loves it. I rarely get the chance to see much television myself. Those state assets don't sell themselves you know.