I have just heard the sad news of the death of Michael O'Riordain. Whatever about the various differences on the Left Michael was a towering presence, a man oif immense Political and Personal courage. Very early in my time as a Dublin City Councillor I got agreement that the Council would hold a formal Civic Reception for the surviving members of the Interntaional Brigade to make up for the disgraceful way the City treated them when they returned form Spain in contrast with the heroes reception afforded to the Blueshirts.
Michaels speech on that occasion was a model. He was a man I hugely liked and admired. His likes will seldom be seen again.