Friday 24 November 2017

Cowen takes budget flight for canvass

Anita Guidera

TAOISEACH Brian Cowen opted for a budget Aer Arann flight to get him to Donegal South-West last night ahead of a day's canvassing for the by-election.

Mr Cowen flew into Carrickfinn airport in the west of the county on the scheduled 8.30pm flight at a cost of just €89.99 plus €2 in tax, a mere snip compared to the cost of the government jet.

Today, he will begin campaigning on Arranmore Island ahead of polling on the offshore islands on Monday.

But Fianna Fail's by-election candidate Senator Brian O'Domhnaill suffered a further blow to his campaign after vowing that he was the man to keep the IMF out.

Mr O'Domhnaill ended up with egg on his face yesterday when the Government finally accepted a bailout was on the cards.

Just days ago, the Fianna Fail senator was stressing that he was strongly opposed to any such bailout.

"We will lose sovereignty. By God I'm not going to allow the IMF to come in and shatter our independence," he told a recent rally.

He also assured a voter on RTE's 'Six One News' that a bailout would not be necessary.

But yesterday, Mr O'Domhnaill attempted to defend his stance, insisting that there was nothing unusual about IMF officials being in the country.

"This is only correct. It is happening all the time. There is nothing new in that. I was aware that all of these discussions were taking place.

"We haven't applied for a bailout," he told a candidate debate on Highland Radio news.

Irish Independent

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