Friday 22 September 2017

Miriam Donohoe: No begrudgery – political exodus on St Patrick's Day is money well spent

FASTEN your seat-belts. The annual ministerial exodus is about to get under way as the Taoiseach and 19 of his ministers leave these shores to fly the green flag in 21 countries all over the world to mark St Patrick's Day.

Before you get the wrong idea, I am not about to join the usual band of small-minded, green-eyed begrudgers who will be out in force criticising the expenditure of public money on 'jollies' for our ministers.

For less than the cost of one year's pension for a retired government minister, or the salary of a low-ranking IBRC employee, we have a unique opportunity to travel to every corner of the globe and to shout loud and clear that Ireland Inc is alive and well and open for business.

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