Wednesday 17 January 2018

'Foot in mouth' disease has brought down others

Rody Molloy, ex-FAS CEO

After questions were raised about spending at the state agency, Mr Molloy went on Pat Kenny's radio show to defend spending on travel and entertainment for top executives and their wives.

He admitted to: playing expensive rounds of golf in Florida; flying his wife to the US on business trips; paying for hair and nail care for clients; footing the bill for employees' pay-per-view films in hotels. He resigned the following day.

Joe Jacob, former Energy Minister

After 9/11, the prospect of a nuclear attack was not so distant and the Government sent the Wicklow TD onto the Marian Finucane show to reassure the people about the 'state-of-the-art' plan for nuclear accidents.

A 'fact sheet' was going to be sent to every home in Ireland he confidently announced but then he started to waffle. Finucane scented blood and the end result was the iodine tablet disaster.

Willie O'Dea, former Defence Minister

Earlier this year Mr O'Dea was forced to resign after accusing Sinn Fein's Maurice Quinlivan of being involved in the running of a brothel during a taped interview with a reporter from the 'Limerick Chronicle'. He originally said in a court affidavit that he did not make the libellous remarks but later told Mr Quinlivan's lawyers that the affidavit was incorrect.

Enda Kenny, Fine Gael leader

During a particularly disastrous run of public-speaking engagements, Mr Kenny fudged his way through an interview on Newstalk when he tried to dodge questions on the issue of water metering.

It followed an interview with Ryan Tubridy on the 'Late Late Show' in which he lacked clarity on a number of major electoral issues.

He later promised to "up his game".

Sean FitzPaTrick, former Anglo Irish Bank chairman

Just days after the government bank guarantee, Mr Fitzpatrick blamed Anglo's problems on evaporating global liquidity. He refused to apologise to taxpayers. Several weeks later, when news of his secret loans became public, he resigned.

Irish Independent

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