Lise Hand: Gormley displays his unflagging optimism despite some icy winds
JOHN Gormley was in no rush to leave the classroom, and no wonder. It was lovely and warm and brightly-decorated and filled with adorable kiddiwinks, all dressed up as Halloween ghosts and robots and fairies and, even in one creative case, a bunch of purple grapes.
And the children were singing happy songs about saving the planet and conserving water, while an audience of proud parents clapped and took photos.
Presenting a Green Flag to the pupils of St Matthew's National School in Sandymount for being environmentally-excellent girls and boys was a much more fun gig for the Environment Minister than the other stuff he'd been up to this week. Attempting to manoeuvre Brian Cowen, Enda Kenny and Eamon Gilmore into the same room for consenseless talks had been like trying to mind mice at a crossroads.