‘Dr.' Diarmuid Martin, Archbishop of Dublin (I apply inverted commas to the “Dr.” because Cardinals don't have to have a PhD to get that title, it comes with the purple socks when they get promoted) had stern words for the Government in an interview with Pat Kenny on the Late Late Show last Friday. (By the way, isn't his outfit gorgeous?)
He enjoined the Government, now that we’re encountering tough times, to “develop a robust national poverty strategy”. He also urged people to mind their money. "We would all be happier if we were a little bit more austere in our lifestyle. I think there is room for a lot of improvement. Nobody is in favour of waste, throwing food away or spending on things that are absolutely useless. If we learn some of that it will be for the good of all of us."
Indeed. Indeed. Highly commendable. It’d have been even more commendable had he offered to pay tax on Church profits. But let's not be niggardly.
So presumably Diarmuid set about living up to his word by cutting back on his own luxurious lifestyle? Well, no, not really. In fact he’s just spent half a million doing up his palace in Drumcondra (near Bertie – another daily Communicant).
And, doing his own bit for poverty and humility, Diarmuid does a lot of his own cooking. He likes to cook. And what better to support the habit than a €94,000 top-of-the-range Miele kitchen? Can just imagine him, slaving away there, all on his own. Brings Eleanor Rigby to mind, it does, 'mending his socks in the night when there’s nobody there’.
Anyway, thanks for the heads-up, Diarmuid.