A Limerick A Day


Minister Shane Ross (left) defied spending officials by pushing through €5m to an airport that hasn’t had a commercial flight in three years in the Waterford constituency of Independent Alliance colleague John Halligan (right)

I wonder can Shane Ross explain
Why an airport that’s not seen a plane
Needs a large wedge of cash
As this seems rather rash
And it’s hard to describe it as sane

John Moynes


9 thoughts on “A Limerick A Day

  1. bisted

    …in the words of Christie Moore referring to Knock airport…’did nato donate de dough me boys’…

  2. Pip

    I didn’t know about that but always thought a novel about the bishop and the airport would’ve been a good idea.
    His death while visiting Rome was worthy of Dan Brown.

  3. Vanessa the Holy Face of Frilly Keane

    Fair play Ser Moynes of Limerick

    A definite starting gun for a
    “From Pumps to Potholes to Private Runways and Tennis Courts : the Patronage Years
    Series of Columns, Books, podcasts, Media appearances and Sumner schools.

    Hell, I don’t know what is

  4. Otis Blue

    Just for old times sake…

    “During the years when all seemed well with the Irish economy, a scandal bloomed in front of our faces but went mostly unnoticed: the scandal of public waste. Vast overspending on infrastructure (including a number of white elephants), extravagant use of overpriced consultants, the creation of dozens of quangos whose primary purpose seemed to be jobs for the boys, the culture of junketry that took hold in the semi-state sector and the Oireachtas – these and other dubious practices flourished during the years when the state’s coffers were overflowing. The insiders benefited; the rest of us got ripped off. Now, as the state scrambles to bail out the banks and to bring order to the shattered public finances by taking money out of the pockets of ordinary working people, Shane Ross and Nick Webb tell the story of the wasters: the people who perfected and benefited from the culture of cronyism and waste. Thanks in large part to Ross and Webb’s journalism in the “Sunday Independent” exposing scandals in FAS and CIE, we already know part of this story. In “Wasters”, the authors show how wide and how deep the rot runs, and they show that every scandal has one thing in common: insiders profiting at the expense of ordinary people”

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