FG wheels out its big guns to spread good news on jobs
It takes some doing to get between a cabinet minister and a jobs announcement in their home constituency, but Fine Gael managed to pull it off times three yesterday.
Commitments abroad kept Tanaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs Eamon Gilmore from attending Dell's announcement of 300 new jobs at its Cherrywood site in his Dun Laoghaire constituency on Thursday.
In his absence, it fell to three Fine Gael heavyweights – Taoiseach Enda Kenny and ministers Michael Noonan and Richard Bruton – to join Dell's Aongus Hegarty and Cormac Costelloe at the formal launch.
Government sources insisted to The Punt that the line-up in no way reflected Fine Gael trying to pull a fast one.
Timing of the announcement was chosen by Dell, they insisted.
Why three members of the Cabinet needed to trek out to Cherrywood was not explained, though The Punt is confident someone was left behind on Merrion Street to hold the fort.
Not Mr Gilmore, though. While the three blueshirts were muscling in on his local turf, the statesman-like Tanaiste was bestride the global stage, preparing to address the United Nations in New York and attending meetings on foreign direct investment and the undocumented Irish in America.
Besides, Labour Party sources insisted that their man was completely in the loop on events back home – he visited the Dell plant last weekend and was briefed in advance about the annouce-ment.