Tuesday 19 September 2017

Simon missing the farmers as he fights water and bin charge wars

Simon Coveney: 'he’s not in Kansas any more'. Photo: Doug O'Connor
Simon Coveney: 'he’s not in Kansas any more'. Photo: Doug O'Connor
John Downing

John Downing

With apologies to the scriptwriters of the iconic 'Wizard of Oz', Simon Coveney is realising he's not in Kansas any more.

The Cork Fine Gael TD and putative Taoiseach is way beyond his comfort zone of the Agriculture Department. This was a beacon of happiness and prosperity for the early years of his first government term, in marked contrast to other recession-hit sectors.

On top of that he managed to skedaddle out of Agriculture just as prices began to hit the floor in all farm sectors. But Simon Coveney's arrival at the newly configured Housing and Planning Department was not so lucky.

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