Leaving The Stage


This morning.


36 thoughts on “Leaving The Stage

  1. Brother Barnabas

    FG MEP taking over from a forrner FF senator

    that’s not to say Hayes isn’t the best person for the job – people are too quick to forget his eight years as a schoolteacher prior to becoming an expenses-accumulator

    1. Andyourpointiswhatexactly?

      Ooooooh. Saucer of milk to Table Barnabas.
      Having said that, I really am not a fan, so do please carry on.

  2. Vanessa off the Telly

    Maybe he’s going back teaching

    and close out another pension
    is that mean?

    Or is his return unsafe
    He only scrope in ahead of Eamon Ryan the last time
    and was still well short of the quota anyway
    with himself, Eamon and Nessa having to sweat it out to for a good half dozen counts whille Sinn Lynn was off on the telly doing the interviews and blowing kisses

        1. Andyourpointiswhatexactly?

          Same here. I’m probably as qualified as he is and I’m a lot taller, so there’s that.

          1. Vanessa off the Telly

            Well I know I’m taller
            and I know I’m definitely qualified for the gig

            Incredible level of cronyism tho
            Christ t’night we don’t stand a chance

            I’d love to know who they’re running in Dublin
            I’m thinking one of the Governement Independents might get lucky here

      1. Otis Blue

        PR is really a pox. Here’s how his new employers see him.

        “His numerous posts over the past decade, including Deputy Finance Minister in 2011, Vice President of the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee, and the EPP Vice Coordinator on the ECON Committee, make him the ideal candidate for the position. A natural leader, Brian has a track record of delivering on his commitments and overseeing the delivery of complex legislation and developing long-term relationships with key stakeholders, both at home
        and abroad”

        So its all about the time served. Not a single reference to any particular qualification*, skill or achievement.

        *eminently punchable head notwithstanding

  3. Ian-O

    This is the way it goes now. Bat for certain interests, be rewarded for that batting with a cushy directorship.

    Who does Mary Harney work for now?

  4. Medium Sized C

    He brought a profound sense of punchability to Irish politics.
    Irish politics may never be this punchable again.
    A sad day for the entire wanting to punch Bryan Hayes community..

  5. Spaghetti Hoop

    Nobody will notice you gone, that’s how active you were in ‘front line politics’ you chancer.

  6. Andrew

    Not much love fro Brian Hayes it seems. What is it about him that warrants this reaction? Is it personality alone? Or something else? I’m curious to know what attracts the opprobrium.
    I have no strong opinion on him one way or another. However it annoys me that ex-politicians get appointed to roles such as these. I’m hoping the new role is private industry funded, it’s not some quango is it? However what annoys me more, is when they are appointed as head of charities a la Averil Power. I’m not sure how she merits the appointment or indeed the salary that goes with it.

    1. Medium Sized C

      Combination of his poo-ey condescending manner in political discourse and the most punchable face ever to grace Irish politics.

    2. Rob_G

      Was thinking the same thing – I don’t remember anything of his work as a TD or MEP, but weird how people on the internet have such visceral reactions to people they don’t actually know.

          1. Andyourpointiswhatexactly?

            I’m not a Dub: you know that.
            They’re ‘grads’ in Cork for boys. ‘Debs’ are only for the ladies.

    1. Anomanomanom

      The vast majority do nothing. But Luke Flanagan, I know some hate him, is an example of what mep’s should do.

      1. Rob_G

        Luke Flanagan seems to be more interested in stunts rather than actually getting legislation passed; still, he seems a nice fellow.

    2. Cian

      They do what our TDs are supposed to do: Legislate.
      MEPs have the power to approve, amend or reject nearly all EU legislation. They hold the European Commission to account and can force it to resign. The European Parliament also decides on the EU budget and influences how EU money is spent.

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