This morning.

Merrion Street, Dublin 2

Cabinet members arrive at government buildings for an emergency meeting on Brexit after EU and UK negotiators agreed a text that deals with the Irish border.

From top: Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan, Minister for Culture Josepha Madigan, Minister for Education Joe McHugh, Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar.

More as we get it.

Earlier: A Limerick A Day

44 thoughts on “Text Messages

  1. Tom

    Is anyone else sick to death of this homeless crap? It’s about time these leeches were put in their place.

    Read this

    https://www.irishtimes.com/news/social-affairs/spend-on-dublin-s-homeless-to-hit-150m-next-year-1.3696743

    150 mill of a budget of 970m in the city spent on “homeless”. This is absolutely insane. We’re talking about a handful of people and they command 16% of the total budget for the city. A city of 1.3 million others. This isn’t even including the hundreds of millions of money spent by charities. Insane.

      1. phil

        I think Tom might be suggesting that it looks like some conspiracy to enrich some business friends of FG, rather than spend that money to actually build houses, apologies if I was wrong Tom….

  2. Alan McGee

    I’m glad we have such keen minds brokering a deal for us.
    Will the Minister for Culture, Heritage & the Gaeltacht – Josepha Madigan allow itinerant travellers in the common travel area or is that a ‘red line issue’ for herself and her constituents?

    1. Col

      As long as no new homes are built in her lovely, expensive constituency, it’ll be fine with her.
      Objected to 108 homes:
      https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/ross-fighting-plans-to-build-108-homes-in-his-constituency-34912317.html
      Objected to 25 residential units
      https://www.thejournal.ie/union-cafe-kennedys-mount-merrion-3-4006090-May2018/
      “Raised concerns”
      https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/green-light-for-300-student-apartments-despite-transport-ministers-objections-36735193.html

    2. ReproButina

      They’re not brokering anything. They’re being told what deal the British Taoiseach has taken back to her cabinet.

  3. Starina

    Does anyone know if an Irish representative was at these talks between the UK and EU? it’s our border, we should be involved every step of the way in that regard.

    1. Ollie Cromwell

      The EU is your representative in these talks.
      You obviously haven’t the foggiest notion what you’re talking about.
      Keep quiet and stop embarrassing yourself.

      1. Nigel

        Yeah, Starina, let the real architects and true advocates of Brexit, proper grown-ups-in-the-room like Nigel Farage and Boris Johnson get on with sorting this out, they’ve got the EU right where they want them.

  4. Eoin

    Look at the state of Josepha Madigan, in the back seat of the govt Merc ( did she not get the memo about appearances, looking entitled and how that’s all a no-no). And the gormless mug on her wondering how the feck she managed to get a ministers role in this govt, and then remembering there’s only 49 FG TDs and 33 ministerial roles, so it’s more or less one for everyone in the audience, and even Mary Mitchell O’Connor got one. I bet the others in the Cabinet ask her to go out and count the words in the 500-page document while they get down to the business of concluding, either it won’t fly in the British parliament, or, it gives the UK an unfair advantage over other members of the common market.

        1. Andyourpointiswhatexactly?

          My friends all have a lot more €€€ than I do: I know this crap to see, not from personal experience.

          1. Andyourpointiswhatexactly?

            HA! Ah, I’m one of those eejits who’s happy with feck all. Comes from being lazy, I guess.

          2. Paulus

            If you were to gather up a random sample of well-educated, intelligent people and put the following to them, would there be many takers?

            Here we have a piece of material which sorta suggests leather, but probably isn’t which has been formed into a recognisable shape or design by somebody who has managed to raise the profile of their name by the simple expedient of having it mentioned over and over. The product itself has been manufactured in some god-forsaken deprived corner of the world by very poor and badly treated people who work a very long day terrible conditions. Now will you all please buy it and display/wear it to show just how gullible and susceptible you are.
            Come on now; any takers?

          3. Starina

            Paulus, a lot of the extremely high-end stuff is made in Europe by very well-paid, high-skilled people. Not all of it, no, but a much higher percentage than the high street leather-look handbags that go for 50 quid.

      1. Vanessa off the Telly

        Ah give over

        If I had a Minister’s wage, expenses and pension supports I’d be Stella McCartney and Chloe handbag shopping too

          1. Vanessa off the Telly

            As long as it’s legal
            Shurly what I do with my legitimately earned, tax paid, leftover income is my business

            I also see it as my civic duty to be a consumer
            Without buying and selling
            There is no commerce

        1. Andyourpointiswhatexactly?

          I just said what it was: I didn’t make any dig.
          Though obviously I meant to give her one (YEAH!). I’m not a fan.

      1. Eoin

        You’re right, they got rid of them except for Taoiseach, Tanaiste and justice minister
        “Ministers now provide their own cars and are paid travelling expenses. They hire two civilian drivers paid by the State.”
        So Josepha buys or leases her car and then recharges the State for its use, and she gets a driver thrown in for free. Still looks entitled.

  5. Spaghetti Hoop

    Any compo due from Britain to Ireland for all the ministerial time spent on Brexit? The electorate did vote, in fairness, for public reps to negotiate other issues like housing, health, education.

    1. Col

      It’s a fair point. The UK has wasted a lot of valuable time by being coming to the table completely unprepared and without valid plans.

    2. Ollie Cromwell

      Well I suppose Blighty could find a few bob out of the £42million Ireland pays it every six months as part of the £3.2billion loan it received when no-,one would touch this country with a barge-pole.
      Hey ho.

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