Health Minister Leo Varadkar and irish Times writer Miriam Lord at the Fine Gael ‘Think-in’ in the Fota Island Resort, Co Cork today
He’s a big boy.
“Mr Varadkar had said people would be €5 or €10 better off weekly after the Budget, prompting a rebuke from Mr Kenny that details of a Budget are not discussed before the Cabinet make their decisions collectively.
Speaking today, Mr Varadkar said: “I don’t mind being slapped down or scolded.I’m a big boy and I’m willing to take a degree of criticism from time to time, but at the same time, you know this isn’t about me; it’s not about my dignity, it’s not about my ego. It’s about frontline staff and it’s about patients, it’s about our health services which affect all of us and I think everyone in Government needs to get behind our health service.”
Senator Catherine Noone (Fine Gael) has called for the regulation of ice cream vans due to the aggressive selling of ice cream in a Wexford housing estate.
“One [parent] in particular in Wexford told me that there is an ice cream van that visits her estate up to four or five times a day. It is leading to loads of rows between her and her children in particular one child, you know as to whether or not she should allow that child to have either ice cream, slushy drinks, chewing gums.
It does seem frivolous on the face of it but it relates to an issue of pester power.
It’s not that I’m anti-ice cream but the persistent use of chimes in public streets and in estates is an aggressive form of selling.”
[Children's minister Charles Flanagan outside Leinster House, Dublin today]
“My determination is to ensure all of the issues are dealt with in a way which is comprehensive,” said Mr Charlie] Flanagan. He added that it was essential the facts were established and a “light was shone on this dark period”.