Thursday 30 July 2015

Pat Rabbitte won't be stepping down as he's 'very bad at gardening'

Anita McSorley

Published 02/07/2014 | 09:33

Pat Rabbitte
Pat Rabbitte
Pat Rabbitte (right) with (from left) John O'Sullivan of Providence Resources, Rear admiral Mark Mellett and Peter Rigg of Polarcus
Jim Mitchell Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee pictured with Pat Rabbitte, at the launch of the third and final report of the DIRT inquiry in Kildare House in 2001
Minister Pat Rabbitte
Pictured (from left) at the launch of UPCs report on a digital future were Gerard O'Neill, Chairman of Amarach Research, Minister Pat Rabbitte and UPC Chief Executive Magnus Ternsjo.

Pat Rabbitte says he has no plans on leaving politics, joking he's "very bad at gardening".

Speaking to RTE's 'Morning Ireland' from a departure lounge, the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources was asked if he felt he might be at a departure lounge ministerially.

“I got a bit of a shock this morning at 7am. I was very hurt that Morning Ireland seem to want to get rid of me.”

Asked if he felt was his time coming to an end and if he’d prefer to do something else, such as rose gardening, he replied that he is “very bad at gardening.”

“No. I’m not. I’m very bad at gardening and I’m very happy with what I’m doing. Ministerially we’ve a huge project. It’s a developmental department dedicated to the future economic prosperity and ministry.”

The TD then jokingly accused Morning Ireland of being ageist.

“For a programme that’s normally so politically correct, this trend towards ageism  is very disturbing and I’m very disappointed that this ageism has crept in,” he quipped, before joking that host Cathal MacCoille was "getting on a bit" too.

Irish Independent

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