Swing By Anytime



Hello you.

This afternoon.

Rochestown Avenue, Dún Laoghaire, County Dublin

Fine Gael TD, Maria Bailey (above right and pic 2 with Catherine Byrne TD)) joined, top from left: Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe and Minister for Health Simon Harris at the launch of the government’s publication of the HSE Capital Plan in the National Rehabilitation Hospital, in Ms Bailey’s constituency.

They write themselves.

Eamonn Farrell/Rollingnews


Minister for Health Simon Harris said the plan provides certainty for capital spending for the next three years and will deliver 250 projects.

Earlier, speaking on Today With Seán O’Rourke, Mr Harris said all of the projects promised, under Project Ireland 2040, are now secure.

He said some of the projects have already started and there were no projects delayed as a result of the increased cost of the National Children’s Hospital.

There’s genuinely no delayed projects and the reason for that is quite simple. Paschal Donohoe made a decision in the Summer Economic Statement, which has allowed me to do this, where he set aside what he called a reserve, and that reserve is to meet the cost of the children’s hospital and the cost of broadband. It allowed to me to give the HSE certainty over its funding for 2020,” he added.

250 projects covered in €2.1bn health funding plan (RTE)

Eamonn Farrell/Rollingnews

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19 thoughts on “Swing By Anytime

    1. Mr.Fart

      the author including “They write themselves.” in the body of text is a nice lil nod to that i felt.

  1. Paulus

    Is that one of those climbing walls in the background?
    Plenty of scope for jokes there – but I’m too tired.

    Maria B caught in that unfortunate mid-blink pose – or maybe she’s just sozzled.
    She is a glass-in-both-hands kinda girl after all?

  2. Ian-O

    Second picture:

    ”What you want to do, Maria, is get a local authority house and then sub let it for a tidy profit and amazingly nobody seems to notice!”.

  3. eoin

    The look on Paschal’s face, “don’t let her stand anywhere near me”

    As for “Paschal Donohoe made a decision in the Summer Economic Statement, which has allowed me to do this, where he set aside what he called a reserve, and that reserve is to meet the cost of the children’s hospital and the cost of broadband.”

    Did Harris do the air quotes when he said “reserve”?

    In any event, it’s €200m taken out of other capital expenditure to pay for the 100% cost over-run at the National Children’s Hospital and the National Broadband Plan. It’s not a fuppin magic money tree.

  4. Mr.Fart

    literally cannot trust anything any of these say. after harris said no cervical cancer scandal victim will face a court and then just let them face court, how could you believe anything he says? he’ll lie to dying women, i don’t think he has a line.

  5. V

    What a load of oul’ guff
    Buy all the beds, build all the hospital extensions ye like lads
    You’ll never be able to staff them or run them
    So they’ll be handed over to the private sector

    Same with Sláinte Care, another payday for Consultants
    Who have no notion of giving up their private practices
    Or their employing (non-HSE) Voluntary Hospitals of losing the private bed and charges income (circa 1500 per night per bed)

    Maria Bailey was carefully planted to distract ye all from actually dissecting the matter of today’s photo op
    Why d’ye think she was all dolled up
    She looks like she’s supposed to be at a wedding ffs

    I’m surprised Zappone didn’t have her alongside last week with the childcare workers latest blag

    Ye”re all suckers
    Same with NaziPantsMan
    They could tell ye they’ve gotten cows to fly
    (Over the pickets and into the processing plants)
    And ye’d give that more time, talk and attention than asking Paschal or Simple or Leo where the úck they are going to get the manpower or get the payroll budget to stretch
    Or even the accomodation and transport, the childcare, the school places to keep the machine going

    Ah here I’ve given meself heartburn

    Btw anyone else reckon, besides me, that Paschal has no pals in Fine Gael?
    Like a lad from work to go for a pint with, or go halfs with on a side order of chips in the canteen with their paninis

  6. Truth in the News

    To reduce the pressure on Hospital Services the Health and Safety Authority would
    need to run a safety campaign advising prospective users of swings both young and
    old that they need to hold on to them with both hands and as an added safety measure
    some type of safety feature needs to fitted to ensure those using them especially
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