Wednesday 18 January 2017

Lise Hand: Now it's only a hop, skip and a jump to north-west

Published 05/06/2010 | 05:00

THE Minister for Transport was positively elevating with excitement as he looked out from the podium and surveyed the smooth ribbon of tarmac snaking off towards the Meath skyline.

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"Today is one of the most historic days in the history of this county," he declared, which is a big claim considering that the Royal County has a particularly action-packed past.

But Noel Dempsey -- or "Minister Noel" as one local councillor addressed him, for, like Madonna, he doesn't need a surname on his home turf -- was fair bursting with pride.

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