Taoiseach Enda Kenny celebrates St Patrick’s Day with US President Barack Obama on March 17, 2011

It soon will be St Patrick’s Day
When our ministers all go away
This year it’s not right
To take a first class flight
Or find somewhere comfy to stay.

John Moynes


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13 thoughts on “A Limerick A Day

    1. Brother Barnabas

      Apparently she went via dublin->edinburgh->helsinki->sofia->cairo->moscow->mexico city, and then direct to seattle. said it worked out better for her.

  1. Spaghetti Hoop

    Spending one year at home with their electorate, constituencies and visiting communities would be a really positive move.

    1. Rob_G

      We are unique in that our (kind of made-up) national holiday is celebrated in countries across the world. Most other premiers would give their left bollock for a guaranteed annual sit-down and photo op with the U.S. President; we need to continue to exploit the whole St. Patrick thing for all it is worth.

  2. John

    One would assume that the Ministers flying long haul (Asia not US) would fly business class. They are senior goverment officials afterall.
    While at their destination I would have thougt that the embassy would have diplomatic cars that can be used or at least have use of a car service. Its hardly appropriate for a minister to be trying to flag a taxi down in the middle of the street (like a commoner).
    The costs of cars are incidental to the costs of the trip and the convenience for a senior official far out weighs the cost increase over a taxi.
    As for accomodation, security must take precedence over cost. If travelling in Asia I know the company I work for only uses a limited number of (very nice) hotels for security reasons. Personally I think they are paranoid especially for a lowly engineer such as myself. For ministers I would expect them not to be staying in a hovel just for the sake of optics.

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