- 17 Dec 03
The Whole Hog and other regular Hot Press columnists, look back on a year in which, with some notable exceptions, the message seemed to be – up yours.
The year just drawing to a close will go down as a bloody one and a bloody-minded one too. A couple of years ago the defining image was of the twin towers conflagrating and collapsing. Well, this year it’s the two fingers flouting and taunting. The most obvious gesture came from Limerick feudster Liam Keane as he walked away from the Central Criminal Court a free man, all prosecution witnesses having suffered a catastrophic bout of collective amnesia. It caused an industrial-scale outbreak of tut-tutting and fuming and prompted much angry debate and calls for hanging and flogging. It seemed so unambiguously contemptuous of the justice system and what passes for civil society. Irresistible, really. But Keane was simply more forthright than most. He wasn’t alone and, in truth, his photo encapsulates the whole year.
Between Iraq and a hard place: "Portents of war came thick and fast. The US ordered 11,000 desert-trained troops to the Gulf region in January. Let the spin commence..."
Bertie's blues: "Having been returned triumphantly to office in 2002, Bertie Ahern might have expected things to rock gently along this year. But instead, he’s been through a mincer and it’s not over yet..."