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Saturday 16 December 2017

Playing it safe

Quango Queen Mary Davis's ability to get appointed to a rake of boards seems to be an inspiration for some women anyway.

At a debate yesterday by Safe Ireland, an audience member noted that there weren't too many women in politics.

"And there are not many women in boardrooms, despite Mary's success."

Not sure Mary wants to flag up her entry into boardrooms too much.

Sudden amnesia

Revisionism from one so young -- and on such a recent issue.

Mary-Lou McDonald let the veil slip in her defence of Martin McGuinness.

Never mind the cause of the Troubles, Sinn Fein's vice-president appeared to forget what happened just three weeks ago.

Fine Gael's Kieran O'Donnell pointed out McGuinness didn't condemn the murder of Detective Garda Jerry McCabe at the first attempt and had to come out and make a second statement.

Mary-Lou repeatedly denied this was the case: "No, no, quite the opposite."

Funny that, because Mary-Lou was actually standing beside McGuinness when he failed to condemn Mr McCabe's killing at his campaign launch and had to be told to do so afterwards by a party spin doctor.

Best of friends

Gay Mitchell is making sure some of the Taoiseach's luck rubs off on him with the ultimate End-orsement.

The Fine Gael candidate's latest leaflet features him on the back page shaking hands with a cheery Enda Kenny and a note from An Taoiseach.

"I have known Gay Mitchell for over 30 years and I've witnessed first hand how he stood up for the working class when nobody else did.

"He is a man of integrity who never shies away from hard work. He has the experience Ireland needs in the Aras."

So, he's known Gay for 30 years and never got in a row with him.

That's quite an achievement.

Irish Independent

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