Saturday 10 December 2016

Snap happy Paschal - the Minister for August

Published 20/08/2015 | 02:30

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Paschal Donohoe on a digger at the commencement of the main Luas cross-city track
Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Paschal Donohoe on a digger at the commencement of the main Luas cross-city track
Paschal Donohoe unveiling new double-decker buses for Dublin Bus

While his cabinet colleagues have scarpered to the countryside or sunnier climes, Paschal Donohoe has been run off his feet.

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There have been photo shoots linked to trains, trams, automobiles and even horses over the past fortnight, with the Dublin Central TD managing to look alert and smiling through the all.

Paschal Donohoe at the launch of Saint Patrick's Cathedral's new interpretive centre
Paschal Donohoe at the launch of Saint Patrick's Cathedral's new interpretive centre

He has briefed the press on everything from road safety to the Luas cross-city project, Phoenix Park train tunnel and the latest tourism initiatives in the capital.

Of course, Mr Donohoe is considered a Fine Gael TD whose seat is under serious threat in the election, so keeping a high-profile is probably a good idea.

Yet he was slightly defensive when asked by the Irish Independent about his remarkable summer schedule.

"One of the things I am struck by is when ministers are away people say they are on holiday, but when I am at home doing my job I get asked why I am doing it," he said.

Paschal Donohoe announcing CSO tourism figures for 2015
Paschal Donohoe announcing CSO tourism figures for 2015

Planes are on the agenda today, when the minister will launch a new policy for aviation.

Paschal Donohoe marking the upgrade to the Phoenix Park Tunnel railway line
Paschal Donohoe marking the upgrade to the Phoenix Park Tunnel railway line

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