After the murder, or more precisely, the murder of investigative journalist Veronica Guerin by the so-called Gilligan Drug Consortium in 1996, most of the public outrage turned to the perpetrators and godparents of the Irish criminal underworld. What attracted little interest at that time and since then was the status of the women, friends and families of the ganglords in Dublin and Limerick. These individuals were given some sort of passport for their partners’ activities, even though most women were the enablers and beneficiaries of some form of low-level, but still bloody, narcoterrorism by the 2000s.
I was reminded when I recently read an article in Vanity Fair about a new book that explored some of the backgrounds of the unfathomable American first lady Melania Trump. Originally, in the early days of the Trump administration, the ex-model wife was endowed with all sorts of ridiculous motivations by the curious press and viewed as someone who would have a moderating influence on her husband. That was of course complete nonsense, because the Slovenian-American turned out to be just as venal and stingy as her partner. And how was anyone surprised? The article is well worth reading and a useful reminder that the current First Lady of the United States is more of a Madame Nguyen Van Thieu than a Jackie O.