Friday 24 March 2017

Kenny can't deliver with postman reference

Edel O'Connell

HAS Enda Kenny been on the Tiger blood?

Our fledgling Taoiseach's burgeoning acerbic wit, as evidenced during his exchange with Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin as the 31st Dail convened, earned him some respect among the Twitterati last night.

However, the mood was overwhelmingly negative among the hundreds of tweeters who threatened to bring down the site last night with the sheer volume of commentary -- all neatly summed up in 140-character diatribes.

Mr Kenny's rather bizarre reference to postmen "dropping bills through people's doors like stealth bombs" positively bombed.

"Enda Kenny tells Dail of the postman dropping bills in the door like stealth bombs . . . speechless!" wrote Paddylogue.

Sheillareilly123 said: "Dropping bills like stealth bombs in the hall? Enda, drop that scriptwriter."

Derision

Equally, Joan Burton's new portfolio as Minister for Social Protection was greeted with derision, many believing the new brief is beneath her.

"Joan Burton got screwed over didn't she? Most unfair having played a blinder for Labour in the last Dail," said Garrison29.

"Shocked at treatment of Joan Burton and Sean Sherlock, doesn't bode well that they've seemingly sacrificed talent to placate grumpy old men," wrote Francis Doherty.

Speaking of grumpy old men, the age profile of the new Dail was also a bone of contention among the online commentators and bloggers, and the mood was as far removed from an Obama-like belief in change as Mayo is from Hawaii.

Paraic Gallagher wrote: "Average age of the new Dail Cabinet is 55.46 years!"

"Mr Kenny said the country was on the threshold of fundamental change. Anyone going to hold their breath waiting on this?" tweeted Colum Keane.

Gerry Adams's tendency to address the Dail "as Gaeilge" went down like a lead balloon.

"Did Gerry Adams only learn Irish lately? He would do well to brush up or shut up," complained one tweeter.

Irish Independent

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