Thursday 19 January 2017

Unfair to attack Cabinet holidays

Published 08/08/2010 | 11:34

Sir -- The headline, 'Exodus of Ministers jetting off on holidays as tough Budget looms', on Don Lavery's piece on ministers' holiday plans (Sunday Independent, Aug. 1, 2010) was grossly unfair.

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On reading the piece, we discover that only half (8 of 16) of the cabinet are discussed, and among those 8, not a single one is known for sure to be taking a holiday outside of Ireland.

The particulars: Brian Cowen -- "expected to head for . . . Connemara;'' Mary Coughlan -- "may go overseas;'' Brian Lenihan -- "spending his holidays at home;'' Noel Dempsey -- "no comment;'' Dermot Ahern -- "around for most of August;'' Micheal Martin -- "likes to spend his holidays . . . in west Cork;'' Batt O'Keeffe -- "taking time off;'' Brendan Smith -- "spending his time in Ireland.''

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