LIAM COLLINS WHEN it comes to showing a bit of leg, Sinn Fein councillor Toireasa Ferris, the so-called 'Mayor of Kerry', outdid the Playboy Bunny who popped up on the Late Late Show before her.
But despite the short skirt she wore, and the blonde highlights, Ms Ferris, who is Cathaoirleach of Kerry County Council, declared that she was "not authorised" to condemn the cold-blooded IRA killers of Garda Jerry McCabe.
All "the blonde" could come up with was platitudes about how sorry she felt for the garda's widow, Mrs Anne McCabe. When she was asked by Pat Kenny to condemn the killings which horrified Ireland she replied: "No, I am not authorised to do that."
Sen John Minihan of the Progressive Democrats said yesterday: "I am calling for her resignation. As the first citizen of Co Kerry, it is unacceptable that she is not willing to condemn this killing.
"Who does she need to get authorisation from? If a crime is committed I don't have to check with Mary Harney to see if I can condemn it. There is a difference between right and wrong."
Sen Minihan said that after the murder of Det McCabe the IRA denied involvement. It was only after the killers were caught that senior figures in Sinn Fein and the IRA admitted that the robbery and killing had been sanctioned at "a lower level".
Later senior Sinn Fein figures were photographed in Castlerea Prison with the grinning gunmen.
Although Toireasa Ferris was described as 'Mayor of Kerry' no such title exists, her position is chairman of Kerry County Council. She was in the Dublin area for the Late Late Show, and to celebrate the 54th birthday of her father Martin Ferris, according to Sinn Fein.
But when her father, the convicted gun-runner and Sinn Fein TD, visited Bray, Co Wicklow, yesterday, he got more than he bargained for from local minister Mr Dick Roche.
"He should begin by explaining to the people of Wicklow how many wives were made widows, and children made orphans by the guns that his organisation smuggled into this country," thundered Roche, after the Kerry Sinn Fein TD invaded his territory.
"He might also like to ask his party colleague, Aenghus O Snodaigh TD, what were his associates doing in Bray when they were arrested with pick-axe handles and balaclavas, and what TDs homes were they targeting," asked the Minister for the Environment.
The minister was infuriated that the Kerry TD - described in a Sinn Finn press release as a "patriot and author" would "focus Roche's mind on matters he should be dealing with in his own back yard".
Sinn Fein said, somewhat mysteriously, that because it was Mr Ferris's birthday, "his itinerary later in the day may be altered somewhat".