THE IRISH TIMES – Éamon Ó Cuív takes up pen as Blueshirts sent packing

Miriam Lord- Éamon Ó Cuív takes up pen as Blueshirts sent packing

Irish TimesLife in opposition isn’t all bad, which may be why Éamon Ó Cuív is so adamant his party shouldn’t be breaking election promises and rushing into the arms of Fine Gael.

At the Galway West count, when asked how he would respond if his party leader proposed a deal with Fine Gael, Ó Cuív replied: “I’d say, let’s put it to an ardfheis, Micheál, and let’s listen to the members.”

Fianna Fail’s former deputy leader predicted that a marriage with the Blueshirts wouldn’t last jig time.

As it turned out, they barely got to the altar before Micheál jilted Enda, throwing his partnership proposal back in his face.

So no chance of a Cabinet post for O’Cuív, but there is more to life – like writing.

“Young Dev” has the genes for it, as his grandmother, Sineád Bean de Valera, was a celebrated author of children’s stories.

Ó Cuív is one of the contributors to the new edition of The Galway Review, edited by Máire Holmes and co-ordinated by managing editor Ndrek Gjini.

The selection of new writing includes a review by the Galway West poll-topper of Daniel Sammon’s new book: Croagh Patrick and Me.

Paying tribute to Sammon’s work, O’Cuív notes that the writer would have made a great seanchaí, or storyteller, if he had lived in another time.

He is also quite taken by a new seanfhocal coined by the author:

“He who thinks ‘I’m a fool’ is a fool.”

Would Dev Óg be thinking in general, or of anyone in particular?

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