Wednesday 21 February 2018

No future for the flip-flop

THE flip-flop seems to be the favoured choice of footwear worn by Fianna Fail this week. Early in the week the party's new leader Micheal Martin proved himself to be singularly out of step with the mood of the nation when he appeared adamant that he would not be forgoing a ministerial severance payment of almost €90,000.

Yesterday he was busy reversing his position, insisting that he simply needed time to think about it.

Meanwhile, Finance Minister Brian Lenihan, who has so far committed this country to forking out up to €100bn between paying for the banks and NAMA, suddenly found himself reluctant to sign off on a further €7bn payment to which we are already committed, because he felt he had no mandate to do so.

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