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Sinead Ryan: How do I like my politicians? ... grilled, thanks Miriam

Anybody watching the delectable Miriam O'Callaghan chopping up, slowly chewing and spitting out Minister John Gormley on Prime Time will be left in no doubt that she is sooooo over the David McWilliams, ahem, affair.

It all started and ended entirely in his overly fertile mind, anyway.

The interview, in which Miriam pressed the Minister over who was in charge of different aspects of the flooding and snow crisis (it isn't him, just in case you're interested), proved once again that the Greens are an idealistic party, ill suited to any form of decisive government.

This humble writer had to wonder whether he was deliberately put in the hot seat (or freezing cold seat as it happened) and set up to fail by a wily Fianna Fail who know a lost cause when they see one. It wouldn't be the first time.

Normally mild mannered and excessively cheery, Gormley came across as...well, gormless...completely unable to cope with the intensive questioning by Queen "with all due respect, Minister" Miriam.

She proceeded to show him all the respect he deserved, leaving him foundering and defensive. Nothing was his fault, nothing was his responsibility and, furthermore, he didn't like the Minister for Snow moniker.

It smacked of Financial Regulator Pat (never, ever Paddy) Neary's missive to this very newspaper about the misuse of his name without the realisation that he was being called much, much worse privately.

Can't wait for the next grilling, frying, boiling or whatever way you like your politicians, Miriam.

Expert help wanted...TDS need not apply

I see that there's a rare ad running in the recruitment pages seeking "Financial Stability Experts" for the Central Bank.

Being an economist, celebrity or otherwise, doesn't disqualify you, but it will be taken down and used in evidence.

Reading the blurb, it isn't clear what exactly a Financial Stability Expert does, but it helpfully cites experience in "Econometrics" and "Crisis Management" as job requirements.

I'm pretty sure the first isn't even a word and the second at least ensures none of our politicians will apply for the post.

A teen assassin? I shouldn't have worried, Saoirse

I worried a while back that young actress Saoirse Ronan was getting in over her head by filming The Lovely Bones, based on the best-selling novel by Alice Sebold.

I feared that playing an abused and murdered young girl might leave her a bit traumatised.


I hoped she was getting support on set and being looked after by the production team. The mail that ensued was along the lines of, "Rubbish! You don't know what you're talking about."

Well, clearly not.

The Carlow teenager has now commenced filming Hanna, a movie where she portrays a teenage assassin raised as a one-girl killing machine.

I take it all back. She's obviously well up for it.

And we thought that Colin Farrell was the only young gun we had to think about out there in La-La Land ...