Sunday 4 December 2016

Joan 'busy as a bee' Burton gets going in 'crisis what crisis?' mode

Published 09/09/2015 | 02:30

'If a relatively harmonious Taoiseach and Tánaiste can’t agree on refugee numbers, how on earth will accord be achieved by the 28 members of the EU?'
'If a relatively harmonious Taoiseach and Tánaiste can’t agree on refugee numbers, how on earth will accord be achieved by the 28 members of the EU?'

As Joan Burton descended the steps of Government Buildings alongside transgender activist Dr Lydia Foy, to where a gaggle of media awaited, the press wrangler du jour declared: "The Tánaiste will speak briefly..."

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That was as far as he got before as one, the heads of every reporter looked skywards in search of the porcine squadron which must surely be winging its way over the rooftops. For Joan does brevity like Brian Cody does levity.

Still, given the furious pace at which she has hit the ground since returning from holiers, it was possible that the Tánaiste would channel her inner Sam Beckett for the launch of the Gender Recognition Certificate, given the likelihood of another appointment waiting impatiently in the wings.

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