Public have had their fill of the cliched 'boozy Ireland' image
Published 03/07/2014 | 02:30
You have to hand it to some of our politicians, and their sense of priority. A few years ago, when the IMF was camped out in Government Buildings and the Fianna Fail-led coalition was presiding over the collapse of the public finances, the Fianna Fail TD Michael Kennedy complained in the Dail about the lack of bilingual elevators in Leinster House.
Yes, the deputy for Dublin North, where unemployment was rife and incomes are falling, pointed out that the lifts used in our parliamentary complex did not have announcements in Irish.
"I hope when we are told we are either going up or going down in the lift," he quipped, "it will be in the cupla focal."