Wednesday 21 February 2018

Lise Hand: Micheal is poor single fish in the barrel as Enda's boys take aim

Lise Hand

Lise Hand

Environment Minister Phil Hogan is an imposing figure, built as solidly as the proverbial wall of a brick outhouse. One almost expects small objects to vibrate at his distant approach, akin to the trembling that presaged the arrival of a large, fearsome creature in 'Jurassic Park'.

And Big Phil's a man known to play hardball in the political arena; he routed the party rebels in jig-time during Fine Gael's spot of domestic last summer, but now he's become embroiled in a scrap of a different kind, as he found himself sucked into the political primordial ooze emanating from the final Moriarty Report.

For the past week, the opposition -- notably Fianna Fail's Micheal Martin -- has made and flung merry mud-pies at the newly minted minister over his appearance in this gothic drama, making much of his role as party fundraiser during the period in question.

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