Euronews just now.
From left: Tánaiste, Leo Varadkar; Taoiseach Micheál Martin and Minister for Climate Action, Communication Networks and Transport, Eamon Ryan
Micheál Martin tells the Dáil that the newly-augmented ‘office of the Tánaiste’ will equip Leo Varadkar with “five or six” special advisors, and the office of Leader of the Green Party will have “four or five” special advisors
— Gavan Reilly (@gavreilly) July 14, 2020
Some racket, in fairness.
David Higgins writes:
With the focus now turning to a Fine Gael minority government, I began to explore just how many ways this new government could form. There are around seven groups/parties which may join, meaning 114 different coalition combinations.
TD Brian Walsh has resigned due to illness. Deputy Walsh is a TD for Galway West and a former Galway City mayor. More follows.
— Newstalk 106-108fm (@NewstalkFM) January 14, 2016
Fine Gael TD Sean Conlon who has this afternoon resigned from the party
Fine Gael TD Sean Conlon, from Cavan/Monaghan, has resigned from the party, following on from the resignation of Fine Gael councillor in Co. Monaghan, Hughie McElvaney last night.
The Irish Independent reports:
“Mr Conlan said he is leaving because of Fine Gael’s failure to listen to his constituents’ views on the North South Interconnector pylon project, which will see hundreds of pylons constructed in his constituency.”
“You feel that you represent your party as best you can. My father, my grandfather were all involved in Fine Gael and you are always proud to be involved in Fine Gael and represent Fine Gael but sometimes you feel Fine Gael is not supporting you,” he said.
Cavan Monaghan TD Sean conlan said he’s informed the party of his decision to run as an independent in the GE #rtenews
— Martina Fitzgerald (@MartinaFitzg) November 24, 2015
READ: Fine Gael wish Sean Conlon well pic.twitter.com/dpKeHlueBE
— Today FM News (@TodayFMNews) November 24, 2015
The Irish Times reports this morning that junior minister at the Department of the Environment and Waterford TD, Paudie Coffey, has hired former Waterford Fine Gael councillor and Irish Water director, Hilary Quinlan, as his personal driver – earning him €665 a week.
Fiach Kelly reports:
“You tell me one party out there who doesn’t look after their own. I don’t see anything wrong with it. It’s politics.” [Mr Quinlan] asked why there isn’t more of a focus on the economy. “We were all nearly eating out of bins three years ago.”
In January – before Mr Quinlan lost his seat at Waterford City Council at the local elections in May – he spoke to WLRFM about his €15,000-a-year appointment at Irish Water, saying Environment Minister Phil Hogan appointed him.
The Irish Daily Mail reported at the time:
Asked about the public perception of getting the post, Mr Quinlan told WLRFM: ‘Look, live in the real world now please. I’ve said what I have to say about it. I want to speak to you about the reasons why Irish Water was set up. I’m trying to put a positive spin on the New Year.’
“Revealing that his board member salary would be in the region of ’15 grand’, the Fine Gael representative, who has been a councillor for 29 years, added that he would ‘probably’ get travel and overnight expenses too. But he insisted: ‘That’s not my motivation. It never has been my motivation.’ When pressed on his appointment, he said: ‘I was in the right place at the right time.’
Previously: The John Deasy Transcript
Pic: Irish Water
Screenshots taken from my Helmet Cam video, from the cycle home yesterday. They are on a stretch of the Firhouse Road, behind Shamrock Rover’s ground, in Tallaght. No two are the same.