Sunday 23 April 2017

Eoghan Harris: Public sector PR men lose the plot with name-calling

Last Sunday morning, I was still smiling at Colbert Kearney's droll Sunday Miscellany account of the antics of gossipy George Moore, when I tuned into Marian Finucane.

My smile faded on hearing the panel included the plummy-voiced Paul Sweeney of ICTU who fancies himself as a polemical protector of the public sector from critics like me.

Sweeney suffers from a political form of Tourette's syndrome. On April Fools' Day, 2009, he was forced to apologise for his 'brats' remark after telling Pat Kenny, "In Ireland inheritance tax is really quite low, half a million per brat." In October 2009 he called Brian Lenihan an "economic war criminal".

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