Zelenskyy has spoken.
Or is it Zelensky? Or Zelenskiy? No one here seems quite sure as his name is spelled differently depending on which source of news you choose.
Anyhows, He has spoken and what’s more, has spoken directly to our Oireachtas [a sort of Irish equivalent to both houses of parliament] to a packed house of members and invited guests. The Russian Ambassador was invited but surprisingly didn’t turn up. The latter is probably wrapped up in bed to keep warm as he is complaining that the embassy has run out of heating oil and those beastly Irish tanker drivers won’t deliver any.
The news outlets are of course losing the run of themselves with this front page news. It is way up there with The Second Coming and if Jesus himself appeared in the Phoenix Park he would be passed over as irrelevant and would be firmly told to get back in the queue.
Very surprisingly, The Messiah [Z, not J] spent his speech telling us how great we are. The Irish just love being told we are great and take it to mean we are Very Special People. He got a standing ovation for that naturally. The fact that anyone who makes any speech to any country is going to tell them how great they are [and are the speaker’s favourite country] is completely overlooked in the warm glow of adulation.
Now The Speech is being analysed, dissected and postmortemed to wring out every word of praise in it. I imagine that by the end of the day I will have the entire speech memorised in both English and Ukrainian.
It’s heart-warming to be Special.