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Eric's after the adder who stole his ladder...

A PLAINTIVE email issued forth this week on behalf of Labour TD Eric Byrne. For while the Dublin South-Central deputy was on his holliers, someone 'liberated' a white ladder from his office, and Eric would like it back, please.

But what was he doing with a ladder in the first place? "This used to be Pat Rabbitte's office, and it was here when I moved in," he explained. "There are some high shelves, so the step-ladder was useful. I'll probably end up forking out for a new one."

Maybe he could buy another for Pat, too - after all the former minister could do with a ladder, having slithered down a snake in the summer reshuffle.

Irish Independent