Friday 26 May 2017

Leo reveals how Cabinet is whipped into shape

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Transport Minister Leo Varadkar, Senator Eamonn Coghlan and Kenneth Egan launch the St Patrick’s Festival 5k. Photo: Frank McGrath
Transport Minister Leo Varadkar, Senator Eamonn Coghlan and Kenneth Egan launch the St Patrick’s Festival 5k. Photo: Frank McGrath

Leo Varadkar is a great chap for speaking his mind (a fact political sketch-writers are eternally grateful for).

Apparently the Transport Minister recently instructed the senior civil servants who prepare replies to parliamentary questions to "cut out the waffle". Phrases like "going forward" and "rolled out" were barred.

And evidently the Sir Humphreys in Leo's department took his edict very seriously, and came over all Sam Beckett in terms of brevity. For a few days later, Eoghan Murphy received a ministerial response to a question he had submitted: "To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if he has been consulted in the past 12 months on the introduction of a congestion charge for Dublin city centre."

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