Opinion Analysis

Saturday 21 April 2018

Jody Corcoran: What a web Fine Gael weaves when they spin to deceive

From the so-called stimulus package to the farce of Cathal Magee's exit, FG have been mincing their words, writes Jody Corcoran

Jody Corcoran

Jody Corcoran

'Paddy likes to know the story," Enda Kenny said on the night of the General Election result, when he was certain he would be Taoiseach. Allowing for exuberance, the import was clear: the Government would be truthful with the people who deserved that much at least.

Now consider what the Taoiseach had to say when questioned last week about the manner in which his bombastic Health Minister, James Reilly, kept Labour in the dark over the resignation of Cathal Magee as chief executive of the shambolic HSE.

Get your head around this, if you can: "There is a difference between speaking and using words. I mean you have to use words to speak. Maybe the words were used but they did not speak exactly. Because there's a difference between speaking and using words." There is, on occasion, certain licence allowed for what is referred to as "spin", or the art of manipulating public opinion.

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