Cute hoor politicians will stop at nothing to get their voices on the airwaves or their pictures in the paper. So on Monday, Galway’s newest mayor, local auctioneer Michael Crowe of Fianna Fail, felt no embarrassment in telling Galway Bay FM that he intended to be at the forefront of the anti-cuts demonstration today in the city.
We all know the expression “shoot the crow”, but a new expression entered the political vocabulary when a lone protestor decided to “stalk the crowe”. Holding up high for all to see a placard that read: “F.F. ATTACK THE WEAK & BAIL OUT THE RICH”.
If Mayor Michael Crowe’s brass neck wasn’t blushing on Monday when he announced his support for the anti-cuts protest, it was today. And even the intervention of his brother, Cllr Ollie Crowe, could not keep the protesting stalker away from his beleaguered brother.
But just imagine it: a Fianna Fail councillor objected to an anti-cuts protestor protesting at an anti-cuts protest. In fact, one of the main organisers of today’s protest in Galway told Cllr Ollie Crowe not to be bothering the placard carrying protestor. And so from Galway’s Cathedral up to the HSE’s Shantalla HQ, the mayor of Galway was being hailed a hypocrite by the bould stalker!