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Posts Tagged ‘ Brendan Howlin ’

News In Brief: Rainy Day As Austerity Goes Away

It's coming lads! (image courtesy: rock.genius.com)

It’s coming lads! (image courtesy: rock.genius.com)

Time for another game of `Who Said What this Week?` And guess who features, again, Joan Burton, obviously.

So what was it this week that was getting Joan’s knickers all twisted? She was speaking out about the news that tech giants Facebook and Apple are now going to pay for female employees to have their eggs frozen saying, she was `not a fan`. Hang on, does NIB agree? Oh god, we never thought this would happen, agreeing with Joan Burton (although she wasn’t exactly rocking the boat), let’s move quickly on… Continue reading

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News in Brief – Hacked Off Brendan Drops A Howler

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‘Has there been bugging? What’s bugging? Am I a bug?’ Minister Brendan Howlin asked assembled journalists in relation to Garda Ombudsman ’eaves-dropping’ to put it nicely, or phone-hacking. It seems Brendan was at a loss as to what exactly had happened inside the offices of the Garda Ombudsman or where in fact he was.

Where are you? Abroad? Australia or Canada, the promised lands? Well if ye are, ye need to learn to speak proper. According to RTE journalist and voice of the Luas (!) Doireann Ni Bhriain mispronouncing certain words could get you in trouble, when trying to settle abroad. Instead of tay you must say tea, three instead of tree and diddly-ie diddly-ie diddly-ie dee ever time you enter a room, just so everyone knows where you’re from. Continue reading

News in Brief – Water Scandal Breaks As Kemp Fears Dublin Death

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50, 85, 100, 180, not the winning Lotto numbers but the ever climbing bill for Irish Water. Imagine. We’ve been paying for our water through our tax contributions for years, so surely now paying a fee for it shouldn’t incur extra cost, if anything it should just be cash in the bank shouldn’t it? Wrong. Actually, water, the thing that falls freely from the sky a lot, is going to cost us a fortune in IT systems. And it was necessary for a lot of consultants to consult on this before consulting with the Government about how much more consultations and cash were needed. If only the Government had “consulted” NIB, we could have told them it would cost a lot and basically sounds like a crap plan, all for a pint and a packet of Tayto. NIB thinks it was Phil Hogan that said; ‘You can’t make an omelette without breaking eggs.’ An awful lot of expensive consultancy eggs. Continue reading

Kenny Deals His Hand

 

New Taoiseach Enda Kenny has revealed his cabinet after succesfully winning a Dàil vote by 117 votes to 27. 

After gaining the seal of approval from president Mary McAleese, Kenny returned to the Dàil to outline the TD`s he has chosen to help secure the future of Ireland.

The Fine Gael leader has spread out the ministerial positions with his party taking 10 positions, with a further position coming in the form of the chief  whip, which Wexford TD Paul Kehoe has taken.

The Labour party have taken up 6 positions, with party leader Eamon Gilmore taking on the role of Tànaiste aswel as Minister for Foreign Affairs.

Michael Noonan has been named as the new Minister for Finance, completing a remarkable turnaround  for the former Fine Gael leader, who was in charge when the party suffered their worst ever results during the 2002 elections.

Former Finance Minister and Labour party member Ruairi Quinn, who held the position from 1994-97 has taken up the role of Minister For Education and Skills.

His party colleague Brendan Howlin takes on the role of Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform.

Richard Bruton, who famously failed in a heave against Kenny last year has been given the portfolio for Minister for Enterprise, Jobs and Economic Planning.

Labour Deputy leader Joan Burton is the new Minister for Social Protection.

Former Kerry footballer and Fine Gael candidate Jimmy Deenihan is the new Minister for Arts, Heritage and Gaeltacht affairs.

Former Labour Party leader Pat Rabbitte has taken on the ministry for communications, energy and national resources.

Phil Hogan, a trusted supporter of Kenny during Bruton`s failed heave is the new Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government.

Fine Gael`s Alan Shatter is the Minister for Justice, Equality and Defence.  

Former MEP Simon Coveney is Kenny`s pick for Minister for Agriculture, Marine and Food.

Dublin Mid West TD Frances Fitzgerald is the new Minister for Children.

James Reilly, one of the key figures in Fine Gael`s success at the polls is the new Minister for Health.

Leo Varadkar, who openly supported Bruton has taken on the ministry for Transport,Tourism and Sport.

Labour`s Willie Penrose has assuemd the position of Junior Minister with responsibility for housing and planning.

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