I have never heard anything so blatantly ridiculous as Mary Hanafin's mother accompanying her on state trips.
The €20,000 involved should be paid back to the taxpayer and the minister should be called upon in the Dail to do so.
It is bad enough a spouse accompanying a government official on a state visit, but bringing a parent is ludicrous.
Next we'll be hearing of ministers wanting to bring their pets with them.
Drogheda, Co Louth
Lentin was responsible for a good deal of new drama including Maeve Binchy's early work 'Deeply Regretted By'.
He may have ruffled feathers in Donnybrook but it was a golden age for domestic TV drama.
Brian de Salvo
Gorey, Co Wexford
The incident referred to took place at the handing over to the Irish Government of the seat of British power, Dublin Castle.
BRIAN P O CINNEIDE
Ryan Padraig Kelly