Transport Minister Shane Ross and Amanda Brunker at a charity event at the weekend; Mr Ross at Store Street Garda Station yesterday
Further to the ongoing Bus Éireann strikes…
Minister for Transport Shane Ross being photographed wearing a feather boa with Amanda Brunker at a charity event last weekend…
And Mr Ross’s participation in the launch of roadside drug testing in Store Street Garda Station yesterday…
Ellen Coyne, in The Times Ireland edition, writes:
“The feather boa was actually put on me by someone for a few seconds, and somebody took the photograph,” Mr Ross said, even attempting to explain the snap, taken at a local sports club lip sync fundraiser, as part of his ministerial brief.
“I am also the minister for sport. I have to support local clubs and I’m going to continue to do that.”
Grand so. And would Mr Ross be speaking with the striking bus drivers waiting outside the garda station, as he promised?
“I may or may not speak to them on the way out,” he said.
Reader, he did not.
The drivers, staging a 40-minute stakeout, guarded both entrances to the garda station eagerly hoping to speak to the minister. Tempers were running so high, that at one point the gardaí were accused of harbouring Mr Ross inside.
“Jaysus,” a bemused detective sergeant said. “He’s not tip-toeing around inside there that I can see, anyway.”
And so it emerged that Mr Ross was after pulling off another one of his notorious disappearing acts. Without notice, the minister had been smuggled out of the car park of Store Street garda station in an SUV with tinted windows, leaving the furious union members and one (ahem) unhappy colour writer waiting outside in the rain.