What They Don’t Teach You At Harvard Business School


From top: Today’s Irish Daily Mail; Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly

This morning.

Further pressure heaped on Fianna Fáil Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly’s media performances and general handling of the rona from within his own party.

Somewhere in that building (above) are two women, possibly purple clad, having the absolute giggles.


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59 thoughts on “What They Don’t Teach You At Harvard Business School

  1. Johnny Green

    -couriers,you mean mules.

    “The Department of Health spent close to €9,000 on couriers to collect and deliver medical cannabis from the Netherlands for dozens of Irish patients, who could not travel abroad during the Covid-19 lockdown, the Irish Examiner has learned.”

    This is why you can’t and don’t have nice hospitals and efficient health care,the Minister is now wasting thousands your money on drug mules to import weed-that grows all over Ireland….you don’t need go Harvard,to figure out he’s a mark.

    “It is understood that medical cannabis can cost up to €750 per month for patients, many of whom are children with refractive epilepsy that is resistant to conventional drug treatment.”

    he cant even execute a simple drug deal FFS w/o getting ripped off!


      1. Vanessanelle


        If where this senior Minister went to college was introduced
        as happened with another Senior Minister here recently
        then why not what he wears
        as happened with another Senior Minister here recently

        fair’s fair like

        1. Slightly Bemused

          I was wondering a similar thing on a post earlier in the year, where Leo was doing one of those visits. A comment was made on what the lady who greeted him was wearing, and I wondered why they did not do the same for Mr Varadkar. I mean, was it Armani? Vidal? Louis? Paul?

          There is definitely a difference in how people are perceived.

          In case anyone is wondering, a mix of Fruit of the Loom, JP Penny, Pennys, and a cheap shop in the Nairobi market :-)

        2. Daisy Chainsaw

          What are his college qualifications? Did he go to the “right” college?

          How much did I pay for that suit for him to swagger around in?

    1. Janet, dreams of big guns

      with the best will in the world there’s not much that stands out about an unattractive man on a mundane suit

    2. Cian

      because it’s a suit…. the same boring suits that most TDs wear. Man who always wears a boring suit wearing a boring suit isn’t comment-worthy.

      If he wears something different I’m sure you’ll get your comments (see also M. Wallace)

        1. Janet, dreams of big guns

          or is it playing the cards you are dealt
          ( divils advocate a bit here )
          I’d hate to have the limited fashion choices of a man,
          clothes are a great non verbal communication tool, imagine only being allowed a few adjectives

          1. bertie blenkinsop

            On waistcoats…

            We had the little fella’s communion on Saturday last.
            I had to pop out to collect shoes for Lady Bertie beforehand, all suited and booted.
            I was stopped by a Guard on Griffith Ave.
            “Just reminding you not to make unnecessary journeys…” he says
            “I’m just dropping shopping in to my elderly in-laws”
            He looks me up and down quizzically…
            “Oh, the suit? My little fella is making his communion”
            “I was gonna say,” says the Guard, “who are ya, the Milk Tray Man?”


          2. Bertie Theodore Alphege Blenkinsop

            When you’re nice to people, they’re generally nice back. You should try it Johnny.

          3. Johnny Green

            yeah sure there was I thinking you made the whole thing up as usual,trying normalize a group thugs violating your constitutional rights.

            Any guard or nyp d*ick stops me – to ask me questions can go F…themselves.

            You may give up your rights Like a lil b.. and play dress up while chit chatting to thugs breaking the law,it’s not normal for a guard to stop and question you,idiotic waistcoat or not.

          4. Bertie Theodore Alphege Blenkinsop

            I thought you were just a keyboard warrior… turns out you’re an eejit as well Johnny.

          5. Johnny Green

            Hope you returned the waistcoat on time,do you always rent clothing for solemn religious occasions ?
            Go answer the guards questions there Bert !

          6. Bertie Theodore Alphege Blenkinsop

            I’m sorry that it pains you so much to see others enjoy life Johnny.
            I’m generally nice to people, consequently I usually have positive interactions with them, regardless of their jobs. There’s no great secret, just treat others the way you would like to be treated and your day is likely to be more pleasant.

          7. Johnny Green

            “I was stopped by a Guard on Griffith Ave.”

            “He looks me up and down quizzically..”

            yeah whatever,are you really irish, oh right the chap who’s into rubbish brit pop and soccer,was it for this my grandfather fought ?

            -so his grandson can’t peacefully walk down Griffith Ave,without getting harassed,stopped and illegally questioned by thugs breaking the law,i’d rater be arrested any day that answer guards questions,while strolling to see my in-laws on my streets,none their business where i’m going or why-or is it a crime now Bert ?

          8. Bertie Theodore Alphege Blenkinsop

            You don’t need to be offended by the encounter on my behalf Johnny.
            I saw it for what it was, someone doing their job that would probably be in a million other places, we had a pleasant exchange considering the circumstances and I went on my way, both of us with a smile on our faces.
            Feel free to dislike me for whatever reasons you choose… I like me and the people that matter to me like me. If you want to fill your lonely hours trying to pick fights on the internet, you’ll need to find a different opponent, I couldn’t be arsed with you or arguing on the internet in general. Peace out.

        2. Cian

          I’m not sure what you mean by double standards. I suspect you’re trying to make this a gender issue. If you don’t mean gender – what do you mean?

          If a person (male or female) constantly wears bland clothing, and then one day is photographed in bland clothing…. nobody is going to comment.
          If a person (male or female) breaks a tradition and wears clothing that is different to then norm (e.g. Wallace not wearing a tie in the Dáil)… it will attract comment.
          If a person (male or female) wears noteworthy clothing (either good or bad reasons) .. it will attract comment.

          1. Vanessanelle

            its not that we take a harder time of it that I’m kicking off about

            its that if what a Minister wears attracts commentary one day
            why not another Minister – from the same Government
            the next day

        3. yupyup

          The picture isn’t great either. It doesn’t lend itself to be commented upon.

          Has he got decent posture though ? We’ll give him that. 2020 has not been good to mine.

      1. d

        i heard some study group said that the only difference they could find is that FF voters are people that go to mass. FF werent consigned to the history books after 2008 election. but i think they might be in 20 years time.

      2. Andrew

        Incompetence is being too kind. Many people in that party today looked at Haughey, Ray Burke, Pee Flynn, Liam Lawlor , De Valera. Lenihan, Aherne, Cowen and many more like them and said to themselves ,that’s the party for me.
        That should tell you something.

  2. d

    the 2 purple wearing SDs are jealous.

    As an SD and hater of FF, i still say hats off to Donnelly for his political masterstroke – getting the MoH job within 5 years of joining FF. Says alot about the rest of the FFers and their incompetence.

  3. Rob_G

    “Somewhere in that building (above) are two women, possibly purple clad, having the absolute giggles.”

    – will they be, though? Within 10 years of entering politics, he has risen higher than either of them has achieved after spending their entire careers in politics.

    Sure, he’s getting plenty of flak, but what Min. for Health hasn’t?

          1. Rob_G

            Anyone who enters politics without a view to getting in power is missing the point- they should have it at being the ‘big dog on campus’ in the student union

  4. GiggidyGoo

    They’re all bailing out of the spotlight – Varadkar tested negative for covid, but is ‘working from home’. He’s just released the news.

    1. GiggidyGoo

      The FF stalwart knives have been out for Donnelly ever since he talked his way into a) the party and b) into a Ministry.
      He maintained that he left the SD’s for FF as that was the only way he could instigate change. What he’s produced is more of the same (which of course should have been enough for FF, but the long-termers didn’t like being overlooked for someone who hadn’t proved himself).

      He has made an ‘appearance of sorts’ though and has contacted the HSE to tell them that window visits to nursing homes are OK under level 3. You’d think they would know that themselves? All bow and hail him and be grateful for that.

  5. italia'90

    Zig & Zag, Socky, Donnelly & Harris all grew up a few doors from each other.
    All these Muppets went to the same school.
    Donnelly’s sister babysat Young Harris.
    Keep it in the family lads!

  6. Johnny Green


    “The codename was “Project Panther”. Markus Braun, the chief executive of German payments group Wirecard, had hired McKinsey & Co to help prepare his most audacious idea yet, a plan to take over Deutsche Bank.”


    -disclose your clients Stephen!

    ‘US consultancy firm McKinsey was paid more than half a million pounds by the Department of Health and Social Care to determine the new pandemic body’s “vision, purpose and narrative”. It surfaced recently that Dido Harding, a former consultant at McKinsey, has been appointed to run the new body”


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