Saturday 20 January 2018

Third-time lucky for the auld sod as Taoiseach gets his hands dirty

Taoiseach praises transformative Grangegorman re-development. Picture Jason Clarke Photography
Taoiseach praises transformative Grangegorman re-development. Picture Jason Clarke Photography

THERE was something unusual about the large group of people who were standing around in a bit of a field and chatting to the Taoiseach and the Education Minister Ruairi Quinn.

For they were all construction workers -- actual, honest-to-god builders and the like, togged out in yellow high-viz jackets and hard hats -- a sight which has become as rare in Ireland as a deserted dole-office.

Enda was messing about with a shovel for the benefit of the cameras. He was turning the sod on a phase of the huge Grangegorman campus and was happily excavating a big lump of grass and clay and tossing it into the air.

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