Tuesday 21 November 2017

The Yates anthology: The minister with merit

FIFA President Sepp Blatter
FIFA President Sepp Blatter
Ivan Yates

Ivan Yates

Usually my pen is poised to critique, even savage, ministers for their stream of ministerial-speak - or waffle - to disguise fudges and indecision. It's a rarity for me to praise a minister's handling of a brief with particular precision, political skill and straight answers.

But Transport Minister Paschal Donohoe deserves credit for the straightforward manner in which he dealt with the potential sale of the State's 25pc stake in Aer Lingus.

Preparation is always key to performance. He gave precise answers to questions about: 635 net new jobs; unpredictable futures for Cork and Shannon airports beyond 2022; the infrastructure fund of €335m from the proceeds; job security prospects of Registered Employment Agreements for unions; and a prospective timetable for IAG share completion.

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