Former Junior Finance Minister Michael D’Arcy who is resigning his Seanad seat to become the Chief Executive of a lobbying group for the funds sector, the Irish Association of Investment Management (IAIM)

This afternoon.

[Sinn Féin President] Ms [Mary Lou] McDonald, referring to Mr D’Arcy leaving the Seanad for a “big job”, asked what it says to families and businesses who are relying on the Government to stand up for them, to go and bat for them.

She said the Tánaiste welcomed the new job of Mr D’Arcy, while other ministers have concerns and wanted to know what action the Taoiseach proposed to take.

Mr Martin replied:

“I believe there should be an effective cooling-off period and I am not happy or in any way comfortable with people taking up a position who have been in office particularly in the area where they had responsibility.”

Taoiseach ‘not comfortable’ with D’Arcy appointment (RTÉ)

Yesterday: Mr D’Arcy Takes A Job


28 thoughts on “No Cooling Off

  1. Termagant

    I wonder when this opportunity actually blossomed on his horizon
    How long has he been making decisions with an eye towards his future employers, sort of thing

    1. GiggidyGoo

      Well it wasn’t overnight, and that’s the big problem with it. Darcy was proposing all sorts in this sector when he was a FG politician.
      The problem is also that he’s going to have access to the big knobs in FG, have pre-advises about plans, will be able to lobby for changes.
      He’s a despicable character to sell out like this, and it isn’t going unnoticed in Gorey.

          1. Paulus

            Hah, thanks:

            I keep a small collection of bon mots close by for when needed.

            Which reminds me of W.C.Fields:
            ” I always keep a bottle of whiskey handy in case I see a snake, which I also keep handy”

      1. Hector Rameriz

        It was a serious question, I don’t know how one (governments) can stop this happening. You can’t stop someone from get a job. Yes you can delay for a short time, but you can’t stop them.

          1. Hector Rameriz

            Plenty on here complaining about it happening, not offering any possible genuine solutions or ideas on how this can be stopped.

        1. Lilly

          Hayes told the Business Post that the three guests were school friends who were not in public life. (They weren’t named on the table plan, but allegedly were from Promontoria.)


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