Wednesday 29 March 2017

Pat's bark proves worse than his bite as fresh Cabinet clear-out beckons

Communications Minister Pat Rabbitte
Communications Minister Pat Rabbitte

Lise Hand

There's no going gentle into the political good night for Pat Rabid, no sirree. Unlike his frontbench buddy Ruairi Quinn who chose the path of least resistance by throwing in the ministerial towel before next week's expected Cabinet clear-out, the Communications Minister is on a different wavelength altogether.

Pat proceeded into the hot-seat for Leaders' Questions like a yacht under full sail yesterday, and the Opposition wasted no time in waving a jolly roger at him. "Minister, it's good to see you in the chamber today rather than pirouetting on the plinth or giving a press conference," sniped Fianna Fail's Dara Calleary.

But it was karate rather than ballet that Pat had in mind. He may be one of the odds-on favourites to be heading for the backbenches next week, but not before unleashing a flurry of chops in the direction of an unsuspecting backbencher.

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