The Yates anthology: The minister with merit
Usually my pen is poised to critique, even savage, ministers for their stream of ministerial-speak - or waffle - to disguise fudges and indecision. It's a rarity for me to praise a minister's handling of a brief with particular precision, political skill and straight answers.
Preparation is always key to performance. He gave precise answers to questions about: 635 net new jobs; unpredictable futures for Cork and Shannon airports beyond 2022; the infrastructure fund of €335m from the proceeds; job security prospects of Registered Employment Agreements for unions; and a prospective timetable for IAG share completion.