Thinking about all the young people who’ve never really experienced Fianna Fáil in government before.
— Sinéad Stewart (@sineadstewart_) July 8, 2020
Meath Fianna Fáil activist Ken McFadden alleges dirty tricks from Meath Fianna Fáil TD and new Minister of State for European Affairs. Thomas Byrne (top) , who has yet to respond.
You don’t worry about what I have or don’t have , let’s hear Thomas Byrne deny the call & then it will get very interesting,
— Ken Mc Fadden (@unspeakable28) July 8, 2020
Thursday morning update here.
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.”
Why did Alan kelly @alankellylabour vote down a motion to question Barry Cowen? Are you in opposition to FF or not?
— Frank Lloyd wright (@o_moneill42) July 7, 2020
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.