Enda grins, Richard's absent, it must be new jobs
GOD be with the Celtic Tiger Daze when a government minister wouldn't get out of bed for anything less than 10,000 new jobs. But not any more, alas.
With over 400,000 souls still languishing in the dole queues, the ringmasters running the circus in post-crash Ireland now happily turn up at the opening of a coffee kiosk if it comes with the aromatic whiff of a good-news story.
There truly is nothing the Taoiseach loves more than to bustle into a workplace to announce a fierce big number of new jobs altogether. And if it involves Irish jobs in a multinational company . . . well then his day is made.