Taxpayers won't bless this Pope trip
Castlebar travelled to Castel Gandolfo last week when two councillors and two administrative officials from the Mayo town enjoyed a private audience with Pope Benedict at his summer residence outside Rome. Defending the taxpayer-funded frolic against charges that it was, well, a taxpayer-funded frolic, Castlebar mayor Eugene McCormack claimed he was taking the four-day trip primarily with the intention of inviting the Pope to Mayo.
"Inviting the Pope to Mayo" is an eloquent euphemism for the pointless, vainglorious jollies routinely undertaken by councillors and their helpmeets. Thankfully, before too long, tightening budgetary constraints will mean that local government will have to be radically reformed. That's when we can look forward to all civic wastrels embarking on their most well-earned junket: a one-way ticket to Palookaville.
Begorrah, the Rose just got more corny