Friday 24 January 2020

A series of curious events leave a stink

Leo Varadkar Photo: Steve Humphreys
Leo Varadkar Photo: Steve Humphreys


Tús maith, leath na hoibre.

As he commits to developing the Irish language under his stewardship as Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar will doubtless be aware of the meaning of the seanfhocail: a good start is half the work.

Only a few days into the job and the new leader of the country is in a right fine mess.

There is already a stink off this new administration.

The final Cabinet meeting of outgoing Taoiseach Enda Kenny's reign contained a series of curious events.

Ministers approved the opening of Shane Ross's garda station, sorry, Stepaside garda station, which the Transport Minister had placed such an emphasis upon as a campaign commitment.

But that was all mere coincidence. The Garda Commissioner just happened to issue an interim report, which just happened to list Stepaside as the only station in the country to definitely reopen.

And the Cabinet approved it.

Then there was the curious case of the judges vacancy.

Tánaiste and outgoing justice minister Frances Fitzgerald brought a name to the table for appointment to the Court of Appeal.

There just happened to be no name put forward by the Judicial Appointments Board, because nobody was deemed appropriate.

But, hey, a ready made candidate just happened to be sitting there right at the table.

Máire Whelan, the attorney general for the past six years, was put forward and approved.

Leo Varadkar sat at that table, so he has to take responsibility for the decisions taken there.

Spin your way out of this one, Taoiseach.

Irish Independent

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