Safe Distance


This afternoon.

Leinster House, Dublin 2.

Sinn Féin President Mary Lou McDonald leads out her party’s new front bench. To wit:

Party Leader Mary Lou McDonald
Deputy Party Leader and Spokesperson on Finance Pearse Doherty
Spokesperson on Public Expenditure and Reform Mairéad Farrell
Enterprise, Trade and Employment Louise O’Reilly
Health David Cullinane
Housing, Local Government and Heritage Eoin Ó Broin
Agriculture and the Marine Matt Carthy
Justice Martin Kenny
Social Protection, Community and Rural Development and the Islands Claire Kerrane
Climate Action, Communications Networks and Transport Darren O’Rourke
Media, Tourism, Art, Culture and Sports Imelda Munster
Children, Disability, Equality and Integration Kathleen Funchion
Education Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire
Higher Education, Innovation and Science Rose Conway-Walsh
Foreign Affairs & Defence John Brady

Chief Whip Pádraig Mac Lochlainn
Úrlabhraí Gaeilge, Gaeltachta, Ealaíne agus Cultúir Aengus Ó Snodaigh


Earlier: Worth A Troy

First time Sinn Féin TDs feature on front bench (RTÉ)

Meanwhile…O’Neill rejects calls to step aside during social distance inquiry



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21 thoughts on “Safe Distance

  1. ReproBertie

    How many of them have been asked to avoid Leinster House for 14 days following their return from Belfast?

    1. Cian

      None of them – Sinn Fein don’t recognise Northern Ireland¹ as distinct from the Republic².

      ¹ ‘6 counties’, ‘Northern state’, ‘the North-West’, ‘the north of Ireland’ , …
      ² ’26 counties’, ‘Southern state’, ‘Free State’, ‘Southern Ireland’, ‘the south of Ireland’, …

    2. Tony

      Plus there is no quarantine required if you are travelling north south or north south, regardless of politics.

    3. GiggidyGoo
      Travel from N.I. – no need to self-isolate

      A bit silly really – there’s restrictions coming from England into the Republic. But – there’s no restrictions England to Northern Ireland, no restrictions Northern Ireland to Ireland. So Fly London – Belfast, and drive or fly to the Republic. No isolation.

    4. Help

      It’s all the blood on the hands and those
      Prepared to
      Murder for a cause that gets me

      May they never get to power

  2. Vanessanelle

    I’d swap out Cullinane for Conway Walsh there in Health
    But otherwise spot on

    Martin Kenny is a class act, really looking forward to hearing from him

  3. Harry Robertson

    So they are Social Distancing now, does this mean they admit they were wrong?

  4. Janet, dreams of big guns

    there no point wearing confident red heels and then undermining it with a defensive crossed arm walk

    1. sidhe

      acceptable in the depths of winter with a lbd and heels only

      a cardinal sin at any other time, punishable by public stoning

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