From The Phoenix. Excuse the breach of copyright.
Picture the recent scene. One of the security guards employed within the last to monitor all access into the Four Courts stands in the path of a bewigged gentleman, barring his way to the Law Library as the flustered legal eagle burrows fruitlessly in his gown, jacket and pin-striped trousers in a quest for his identity card- without which entry in strictly verboten.
The security guards are composed mainly of non-nationals who themselves have had to negotiate strict bureaucratic obstacles to their progress in Irish life- most of them created by an unforgiving ex-minister for justice and Attorney General, Michael McDowell. They know that in this, their new country, rules are made to be obeyed.
As another eminent legal eagle hoves into to, he recognises the gentleman who had lost his identity and so he rushes to his assistance, explaining to the non-national security guard that the person in front of him is none other then Michael McDowell, ex justice minister, former AG and current advocate in the Four Courts.
"I can vouch for him; I know who he is", the barrister eagerly offers. The security guard leans sideways to the helpful barrister and in quiet, reasonably good English, says, "I also know who he is."