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Gene Kerrigan: Snowball's chance of Government help

The placeholders and time servers running country haven't a clue how to handle a crisis, writes Gene Kerrigan

Published 10/01/2010 | 05:00

Miriam O'Callaghan made a weak joke on Prime Time on Thursday. It was weak because to get it you had to remember the last big snow-in, back in 1982. A politician called Michael O'Leary was then put in charge of dealing with the chaos, and he was briefly known as the 'Minister for Snow'.

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A tenuous foundation for a joke. But O'Callaghan is a decent skin and, in our hour of misery, she sought to cheer us up with a slightly jocular reference. She was interviewing the Environment Minister John Gormley, leader of the Green Party, about his new role as some sort of "crisis coordinator". And she referred to him as the Minister for Snow.

Oh, boy.

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