Friday 27 April 2018

The Punt: Fine Gael out in force in Sandyford

Mary Mitchell O'Connor
Mary Mitchell O'Connor

Jobs Minister Richard Bruton and TD Mary Mitchell O'Connor were out in force for a meeting looking to attract more investment into the Sandyford Business District in Dublin.

The suburb is already home to the likes of Vodafone and Microsoft.

A survey recently carried out by the Sandyford Business District Association revealed that 71pc of respondents in the District are planning to grow staff numbers in 2015.

The District has the capacity for a further 17,500 employees, 350,000 sqm of commercial floor space and 1,000 residential units

Mitchell O'Connor is probably most famous for driving over the Leinster House plinth shortly after being elected a TD in 2011.

The incident saw her cop a lot of flak but to be fair, Mitchell O'Connor has embraced it.

Her website is headlined: "Mary Mitchell O'Connor TD: crossing the plinth of Irish politics", which is quite funny but totally meaningless once you think about it.

It might just be the worst action slogan the Punt has ever heard - what on earth is the plinth of Irish politics?

Does she mean she drives over the Dáil plinth every day?

UCD protects Irish folkore

A new company that aims to protect and preserve Irish folklore has been set up out of UCD.

The university keeps something called the national folklore collection, which consists of 3 million pages of manuscript, 10,000 hours of audio recordings, 70,000 photographs and 1,000 hours of moving images.

Now UCD has set up a charity called the National Folklore Foundation, whose board members include former RTÉ director general Cathal Goan and Dublin City Council public arts officer Ruairi O Cuiv - a brother of Fianna Fáil TD Eamon Ó Cuiv.

Another board member is Prof Rionach ní Ogain, who said fundraising through the new company will enable UCD to "enhance the Collection as a national resource. We can now source, research, collect, compile and preserve new Irish folklore material."

She said one of the main objectives is to increase awareness of and interest in Irish folklore.

The Punt is no expert on such matters but does have fond memories of studying Leaving Cert Irish. Though 'Peig' was before the Punt's time so maybe that's why.

Michael D honours Colm

IT was fitting that President Michael D Higgins turned up at the funeral of renowned business journalist Colm Rapple.

A former group business editor at this newspaper group, Mr Rapple was one of the finest journalists the country has produced.

He did exactly what a good journalist should do - took obscure and complex statistics, tax laws and social welfare rules and made them understandable to the general public.

A Dubliner, Mr Rapple was also business editor with the Irish Press, until its closure in 1995.

He wrote several best-selling books on household budgeting and made regular appearances on RTÉ radio and television as a financial commentator.

We can surmise from a statement the President issued, that he was an admirer of the great journalist.

In a tribute to Mr Rapple, President Higgins said: "Colm's long and distinguished record as a journalist was noted for his deep commitment to social justice and equality.

"He was a much respected and valued commentator in print, radio and television on a range of public policy issues; especially on areas of equality.

"In his columns for the Irish Press and Irish Independent, he provided us with a consistent, influential and critical voice on policy and financial matters."

Our sympathies are extended to Mr Rapple's wife Nuala and his children Simone and Rory, daughter-in-law Ann-Marie, and his brothers Éamonn and Brendan.

Irish Independent

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