By Eugene McGloin
TOMMIE GORMAN had a memorable phrase which comes to mind after the triumph of Trump.
The RTE man once spoke of a time when people are ''in the market for kindness.''
are there now.....in a mutual manner. Meaning, Trump is (already)
reaching out and so are we, certainly should be, reaching out, too, for
some kind of kindness.
Taoiseach Enda Kenny has played a blinder in the first 48 hours.
has moved ahead; he has put the mealy-mouthed -- at home, abroad and
even in America itself -- in their individual perspectives.
'Transition' is the name of the process already under way.
We need to be spontaneous.....without being too spontaneous, a faulty Trump trait.
How we all handle this could be a game changer for better or worse.
Up North, Ian Paisley has been expansive and generous in his welcome for a Trump Presidency.
The front page of Thursday's Financial Times (FT) made plain that Vice President Mike Pence will have a ''key role'' in the transition process.
shaping the President's team inside the White House from late January
2017 may well be delegated to Pence, an experienced senior politician.
FT additionally reported on its front page that Pence may also be the
linchpin between the Presidency itself and government in the House of
needs to speak with one voice (preferably) in pursuing contacts with
Pence, the grandson of Tubbercurry immigrants into the United States.
Locally, we need to have clearly defined goals and objectives.
do we respond if American industry, at local or national level,
'migrates' to the homeland because of the type of tax incentive offered?
Remember, Ireland may shortly be 'at war' with European on the very same issue -- OUR tax incentives to American industry and jobs.
all,said, there is a clear prospect for Ireland to input its voice and
-- in the words this week of Ian Paisley -- ''box above its weight.''
Paisley didn't necessarily have the 'south' in mind in his remarks on BBC last night, Thursday.....but he didn't exclude us either.
'Transition' is something Ireland has a good name for, and deservedly so.
Think Taoiseach WT Cosgrave when Dev and Fianna Fáil (finally) entered the Dail in 1927.
Think more recently of Sinn Féin coming into parliamentary roles at both Stormont and Dáil Éireann.
the other hand, poor forward planning and pathetic lines of
communication can leave ghosts in the machine for years and even decades
Think of the (still)
flawed 'transition' in the south, thirteen years on, to the Health
Service Executive (HSE) from the previous Health Boards.
Whatever Trump may have said this year that offended people was NOTHING as awful as that HSE document last month.
The one which looked upon public patients in hospital beds as potential ''trespassers.''
Thankfully, the world is full of good examples of 'transition' which works well.
Think of the work put in by Chris Patten's team in Hong Kong two decades ago.
Taoiseach's department may need a 'super junior' Minister working on
the 'twins' of Trump transition and Britain's withdrawal from Europe.
It is us, here in Ireland, who will have to graft to achieve what Obama said: ''Is Feidir Linn - Yes, We Can.''
in that iconic image created by another ex President (Lyndon Johnson):
We will be outside the tent pissin' in, when we need to be inside,
Speaking of Johnson recalls possibly the only comedy sketch ever done on the subject of 'transition.'
late comedian David Frye did a must-hear sketch which had the Johnsons
safely in bed in the White House when the Nixons came calling, late at
night, to check their new abode.
Meanwhile, let us stay in the marketplace for kindness. We will need to get -- and give -- lots of it in 2017.