Tuesday 20 February 2018


Foreign Affairs Minister Charlie Flanagan Photo: Tom Burke
Foreign Affairs Minister Charlie Flanagan Photo: Tom Burke
Liam Collins

Liam Collins

Brexit, Donald Trump and great world events - but last week the mandarins at Iveagh House, where the Department of Foreign Affairs stores its fine wines, had other things on their minds. They were busy complaining to the news desk of the Irish Independent that the Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan had been omitted from the funeral reports of recently deceased figures TK Whitaker and Dermot Gallagher.

We all know that Charlie's father Oliver J, decent man that he was, elevated going to funerals to a political high art. But including or excluding funeral-goers, for whatever reason, is the business of the newspaper and its reporters.

It appears odd, when we're in the eye of a hurricane, that someone in the Department thinks such an omission is a matter of high importance.

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