Taoiseach Micheál Martin says he ‘learned something’ about Alan Kelly yesterday which he won’t forget. ‘I’ve never seen the likes of it before,’ he says, referring to Mr Kelly’s claim that he told him teachers would be exempt from isolation rules. | https://t.co/cBQxDwNmsbpic.twitter.com/6He8NRqsGT
Alan Kelly putting on record what he says the Taoiseach told him yesterday about teachers apparently being excepted from the five-day restricted movements. He invites the Taoiseach (in his reply) to call him a liar if he sees fit.
Tanaiste Leo Varadkar greets Labour’s Ivana Bacik and party leader Alan Kelly following Labour’s victory in the Dublin Bay South by-election.
RDS count centre, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4.
Labour Senator and Dublin Bay South by-election candidate Ivana Bacik (top right) with her party leader Alan Kelly (top left). Ms Bacik is favourite to take the seat left vacant by Fine Gael’s Eoghan Murphy.
Ivana Bacik will be an “incredible legislator” in the Dáil, says Alan Kelly, who says while today’s result won’t change the Dáil arithmetic, it does disprove that the narrative that politics is now FG v SF pic.twitter.com/Vi8lQW52AR
With 100% of the boxes tallied, the indications are that Ms Bacik is on 30% ahead of Fine Gael’s James Geoghegan on 26%, with Lynn Boylan of Sinn Féin on nearly 16%.
Tallies, which are not official counts and come with a strong health warning, suggest that Claire Byrne of the Green Party is on just under 8%, with Fianna Fáil’s Deirdre Conroy under 5% and Independent Mannix Flynn on 3%.
Labour Leader says Government don’t have a strategy to “absolutely” suppress the virus. Party wants an “aggressive suppression” approach. Says it’s a choice between locking up “our own people” or quarantining those entering the country @rtenewspic.twitter.com/iXUtcf4Zfk
A photo obtained by The Irish Independent shows the Labour Party boss unmasked on the Luas
Via Irish Independent:
Labour leader Alan Kelly has apologised after the emergence of a picture of him not wearing a face mask while travelling on the Luas.
Independent.ie has obtained a picture of the Tipperary TD travelling on the Luas Green Line on Tuesday night. Mr Kelly is seen in the picture not wearing a face mask or covering.
The Labour leader apologised on Wednesday morning and said he was distracted while watching Manchester United’s Champions League encounter against RB Leipzig.
…The Tipperary TD has been to the forefront of campaigning on various issues around Covid-19 and in recent weeks has been challenging the Government on its plans to roll out a vaccine, including calling for a Vaccine Minister.
Minister for Agriculture Barry Cowen addressed the Dail last night on the issue of his drink driving charge from 2016
Via The Offaly Express:
Cllr Eamon Dooley, who was sitting on [Offaly County] council when Barry Cowen was first co-opted to the local authority to replace his brother Brian in 1992, said he had a “fair idea” who informed the Irish Independent about the incident.
He could not confirm that it was a senior member of the Fianna Fail party but said it came “from someone who had a grudge against” the Offaly TD.
“I’d say he was Fianna Fail alright but I wouldn’t say he was a TD. I’d say he was never an elected member of anything. That’s only my opinion, for what it’s worth.”
Cllr Dooley expects the controversy to die down, even though “some fellows” keep seeking new ways to maintain it….
“It’ll eventually run out of steam. If every fellow who was appointed held up his hand and said ‘I had two pints and I drove home’, I’d say we’d have very few ministers.”
Speaking on RTÉ’s Morning Ireland, Ms Martin, who is also Minister for Media, Tourism, Arts, Culture, Sports and the Gaeltacht, said he has shown remorse after making a “serious mistake”.
However, Ms Martin said that the one issue that was not addressed was why Mr Cowen was driving on a provisional licence and she said he may have to reach out to road safety campaigners and explain that himself.