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Lennon or McCartney? Richard Bruton's choice might surprise you...

“Paul, obviously, was a good man for writing the songs…”

(Youtube: Daragh Brophy)

CHANCES ARE YOU’VE never wondered — but if you did, it’s likely you would have had the Enterprise Minister pegged for a Paul fan. Turns out, though, Richard Bruton prefers the Beatles’ “edgier stuff”.

Alright, as you might imagine — that’s not a phrase he actually used this afternoon. In keeping with his track record in answering questions on any subject, Bruton was a little more considered:

“If it’s only one, I’ll go for John Lennon. Paul, obviously, was a good man for writing the songs, but I think John brought a little bit of grit to the band and that was a huge element in its success.”

Why was even asking such a pat question, you wonder?

Well, we could argue that he brought it up: Fine Gael had organised a referendum campaign photo-op with two tribute musicians to make the point that the last time the Seanad delayed a bill, the Liverpool four-piece were having their first US number one.

Wicklow TD Simon Harris was also on hand to deliver some soundbites: addressing the subject in his guise as the ‘world’s youngest politician,’ the deputy sent the assembled reporters scrambling for their calculators as he pointed out that “the last time the Seanad stopped any legislation for any period of time was 22 years before my birth*”.

Full doorstep with Bruton and Harris: Beatles comments at 5m 20s (Youtube: Daragh Brophy)

*He’s 26.

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