Yesterday’s Fine Gael photo opportunity to support Michael D Higgins’ re-election in Grafton Street, Dublin 2 close to where the homeless are served soup and tea

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        1. Trueblueterry

          Typos are my forte :) obviously it was meant to read “do anything” although I believe Clampers has defined “plaything” quite accurately.

  1. Vanessa off the Telly

    What is perverse is how so many Government Ministers including the Taoiseach can spend time dossing off for this nonsense.

      1. Vanessa off the Telly

        I’m calling the whole collection of them on Grafton Street at a PR Photo Op for a campaign that is not in doubt a Nonsense

        One or two fair enough; Like Josepha from Arts Culture etc
        The Minster for Justice
        The Minister for Finance
        The Minister for Housing
        The Minister for Employment and whatever else Regina Doherty is
        The Taoiseach and Minster for Defense

        C’mon FFS
        Is Micheal D that desperate for their endorsement

        1. Cú Chulainn

          Not clear in this photo, but I really liked how Kate got in between Leo and Eoin. She’s a tough street fighter that girl. Have to admire her.

        2. SOQ

          They must do a teeth ‘n tits photo op at least once a day Venesssa. It is a metric in their yearly performance review, otherwise they won’t get the 5% pay rise. Don’t you know anything?

      2. Giggidygoo

        So this is democracy eh? Letting on to pour something from an empty vessel into paper cups? Is there nothing that FG do that you won’t be an apologist for?

        1. Rob_G

          There you have it folks – we have officially reached peak 2018 now that people are getting outraged over hot beverages

        2. Cian

          An election for president is democracy.

          Is there nothing that FG do that you won’t pour scorn upon?

          1. realPolithicks

            Is there nothing that FG do that you won’t praise? 10,000 people homeless, no bother. 700,000 people on hospital waiting lists, sure they’ll be grand. A corrupt police force and incompetent health service, ah sure what can you do? The constant drone of mealy mouthed excused from you is pathetic and trust me plenty of the scorn is reserved for you.

          2. Cian

            I’ve never said 10,000 homeless is no bother, or 700,000 people on a waiting list is grand. That is a lie.
            I’ve never praised all FG policies because they are FG policies. In fact, I don’t remember ever praising *any* policies.

            However, if a poster come onto BS and make an uninformed comment, I will point out their failings.
            example: you just said we have “a corrupt police force and incompetent health service”. We don’t. Some people within the police are corrupt. Some parts of the health service aren’t fit for purpose – but a lot of parts are working. But (in my opinion) you can’t tar an organisation of 14,000 (or 120,000) people with such broad statements. So I defend them, even if it isn’t popular (yes I’m contrarian). But just because an opinion isn’t popular doesn’t mean it is not correct (granted it can be wrong – I have been wrong, and I do admit my mistakes).

            A constant stream of contradictory beliefs that come from some people: “civil service is useless” v “OMG I can’t believe they are privatising things”; “I won’t pay for water” v “OMG I can’t believe the water quality is bad”; “taxes are too high” v “OMG why are services so bad”; “We are a unique country and should do things our way” v “OMG why don’t we follow international norms”; “Nobody should ever be evicted” v “OMG why are mortgages so expensive”; “Why are people homeless” v “OMG – stop building near me”; ….

            People seem to think that the world is simple, and there are simple solutions to everything. There aren’t. The world is incredibly complex and a change in one place ripples across others. Sometimes you need to settle for “good enough”.

          3. realPolithicks

            The usual strawman nonsense from you cian, nobody has said that you praised homelessness or thousands of people on medical waiting lists but you do constantly praise the party and government which has facilitated these disgraceful conditions. Frankly though the most telling part of your comment is “Sometimes you need to settle for “good enough”. That’s what you lads want isn’t it, for everyone to “settle” for the crappy services they currently receive. Instead of striving to improve conditions and provide proper services to all people in need you say settle and frankly that’s just pathetic.

          4. Cian

            usual deflection from you:
            “you do constantly praise the party and government which has facilitated these disgraceful conditions”
            Show me one time when I have praised the FG or the government.

            “good enough” is not ‘settling’. Let me give you an example. Say I want to paint the walls of a room. If I spend one hour – odds are it will be really awful. Two hours (double the time) and it will look a lot better. Three hours – better still. Four hours and it’s getting quite good. But the more time you spend on it the nearer to perfect… but you end up with dimishing returns. 4 hours isn’t twice as good as 2. Each extra hour gives less and less extra benefit. Stop when it is good enough. It’s not perfect. you can see in the corner that its a bit messy – but overall it is okay.

          5. realPolithicks

            “Show me one time when I have praised the FG or the government.”

            Are you for real? I think you’re just taking the widdle at this point.

          6. Cian

            You seem to mistake praise with defend perhaps?
            Or maybe you could define praise? And show an example where I praised them?

        1. millie st murderlark

          Ah now here.

          It’s clearly Barry’s and we’ll have none of this turmeric latte nonsense. Tis a good a cuppa tar you’re needing.

  2. john f

    Another great use of taxpayer money, the Taoiseach and four other ministers, God knows how many official’s and all of the associated security. I wonder how much this PR stunt cost? Is this an effective use of their time?
    This presidential election is a joke. Michael D will walk it, the real interesting fight will be over who gets 2nd. I guess FG want to be associated with backing the winning horse.

      1. Rob_G

        I imagine it was Michael D.’s reelection campaign that sprung for the milk and the faux terrycloth, rather than the taxpayer, also.

  3. McVitty

    It belittles Higgins’ character in a Father Ted kinda way, the tone of which mocks the office of the president. Most of all, seeing a bunch of graduated Young Fine Gaelers using an interaction with homeless people to further their personality politics in this way is despicable. Would a single homeless person even take tea in this circumstance? The least they could have done was put out a few buckets for the Dublin Simon Community, seeing as this kind of thing attracts crowds.

  4. Truth in the News

    No Michael D will “fly it” possibly in a Lear Jet……and if he does he’s tenure will be short:….one
    wonders will he give a garden party for the Homeless at Christmas, he’ll probaly think about it
    while lying straight in the bed:

  5. Alan mc gee

    why is it the fine Gael/independent part of the government lending their support to Labour candidate Micheal D Higgins in the last days of this election?

    1. Rob_G

      Why go to the trouble and expense of selecting and campaigning for a candidate who will be roundly beaten by the enormously-popular incumbent? Much better to hitch your wagon to his train, and hope that some of his success rubs off on you.

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