September is a new year politically but there are few signs of fresh beginnings. The deliciously named Piglet affair, named for a Dublin wine bar referenced in texts between Leo Varadkar and Katherine Zappone before her elevation to UN envoy, rumbles on. It overshadowed the launch of the Housing for All strategy.

Fading into the background was last Tuesday’s announcement that the population in the Republic, at 5.01 million in April, was at its highest since 1851, not a vintage year.

In our underpopulated portion of a small island, the sound of whining rose like black smoke from ministerial interviews. Livid that Housing for All was overshadowed by Piglet, the taoiseach complained of media melodrama. He has a point but having provided the panto, he

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