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Emmet Kirwan seriously put it to Ryan Tubridy on the Late Late, and people loved him

‘There’s no phone line to rat out bankers’.

WE CAN ONLY assume that the majority of Ireland was tuned into the Late Late show last night in anticipation of RTE’s referendum exit poll.

One of the guests proved to be worth tuning in for. You might recognise Emmet Kirwan from Sarah and Steve, yeah, remember that?

Kirwan is an actor and writer, and is about to release a film based on his play, Dublin Old School. The film is about a Dubliner who crosses paths with his estranged brother Daniel, a homeless heroin addict.


Of course Emmet was on the show to promote it, but the conversation soon changed to how people treat heroin addicts versus other addicts.

He also spoke about how he attended Trinity at the same time as Leo Varadkar, but was sure to clarify that they view Ireland through very different prisms.

He experienced this country in a very different way growing up in this country than I did. He views that world through that prism.
I don’t forget and I won’t forget what he did before he became Taoiseach.

Uh oh, Tubs is getting worried


He essentially enacted this ‘informants’ line for a problem that didn’t really seem to be a problem. Everybody was saying, is this really the best way you can spend your money?
The amount of money that’s being siphoned out of this country through corruption, the amount of people who were taken off their tracker mortgages, the amount of corruption that is systemic in the various different structures that we have.

“There’s no phone line to rat out bankers”

The Late Late Show / YouTube

Ryan tried to interject to stick up for Leo, but Emmet was having none of it.

If you can basically tell everybody at the bottom of the ladder that it’s not the bankers, it’s not the professional classes, it’s not the people trying to kick you out of your home, it’s the other guy. The bus driver. The guy on labour. The working classes compete for resources.
That’s the thought they put out there. Anyone engaging social servies. Anyone getting hospital services for free. They villainise them. Because they want you to be suspect of them.

People ate it up, and thought he was making a lot of sense

Kirwan for Prez.

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