Friday 2 December 2016

First test for transport minister as rail strike looms

Published 21/08/2014 | 02:30

Newly appointed Minister for Transport, Paschal Donohoe, has already been landed with a major test in the form of the upcoming rail strike. Photo credit: Gerry Mooney
Newly appointed Minister for Transport, Paschal Donohoe, has already been landed with a major test in the form of the upcoming rail strike. Photo credit: Gerry Mooney

YOU'RE playing senior hurling now Paschal. The GAA analogy, famously used by the late Seamus Brennan when greeting the Green Party negotiating team for coalition talks in 2007, seems particularly appropriate for the new transport minister.

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Paschal Donohoe barely had time to get his feet under the cabinet table when he was landed with a rail strike. To continue the sporting metaphors, he has been given the ultimate hospital pass.

The Dublin Central TD is a huge favourite of the Taoiseach. But this is a huge ask for someone only elected to the Dail in 2011.

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