Saturday 21 April 2018

Ross's speech at function goes down like 'lead balloon'

Sports Minister Shane Ross. Photo: Tom Burke
Sports Minister Shane Ross. Photo: Tom Burke

Transport Minister Shane Ross has been criticised after he claimed he wrote a poem during an Oireachtas committee hearing out of boredom.

The bizarre claim was made at the bi-annual Oireachtas golf meeting, which took place in the picturesque Powercourt estate in Wicklow on Thursday.

Mr Ross had earlier appeared at the Sports Committee hearing that was held to examine the report into the Rio Olympics ticketing scandal.

The Independent Alliance politician, who lives nearby in Enniskerry, joked that he became bored at the questions levelled at him at the committee.

According to several sources present at the private event, Mr Ross singled out his opposite number in Fianna Fáil Robert Troy, who he said he wrote a poem about during the OCI hearings.

Mr Ross read the poem out at the event, which was also attended by EU Commissioner Phil Hogan, former Taoiseach Brian Cowen and several current and former Oireachtas members.

Mr Ross also cited the issue of judicial reform, recognising that retired judge Patrick McCartan was present. "The speech went down like a lead balloon," said one source. "It was out of place," said another.

Irish Independent

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