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Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin speaking to the media at Leinster House last month

This morning.

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin was interviewed on RTÉ’s Today With Seán O’Rourke.

It followed Mr Martin and Fine Gael leader Leo Varadkar yesterday publishing a framework document to facilitate negotiations for the formation of a coalition Government with other parties or TDs.

How did that go?


This afternoon.

On the plinth at Leinster House…

Rise TD Paul Murphy (top), People Before Profit TDs Richard Boyd Barrett and Bríd Smith (above) address journalists…

Yesterday: It Took A Pandemic [Updated]




This afternoon.

RTÉ’s Mary Regan tweetz:

Four out of five (82%) Irish adults agree that the Government is doing a good job in handing Covid-19 with “strong agreement” with this far higher among older people, according to Behaviours and Attitude-commissioned survey for RTÉ.


Earlier: Unknown Knowns

Today’s Irish Times

In today’s Irish Times.

Susie O’Connor writes:

“If we were to look at new ministers joining the Cabinet, who will leave? I would argue to change our Ministers for Health and Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs would be unhelpful to say the least. Even if they remain under the D’Hondt system, replacing the Minister for Finance with his experience of leading through financial recovery is a poor move.

“Moving further through the Cabinet, is it appropriate to change the Ministers for Business and Social Protection who are at the rapidly evolving frontline? And if the crisis deepens in relation to social order, will inexperienced ministers for justice and defence add value?

“Yes, there are constitutional questions relating to this, but if Covid-19 had hit six weeks earlier they would not arise. Extraordinary times need exceptional measures.”

The newspaper describes Ms O’Connor as “a business adviser with Genesis Management Consulting and a former government special adviser to Charlie Flanagan”.

According to her LinkedIn page, Ms O’Connor was a special advisor at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade for two years, from 2014 to 2016; was a policy and communications advisor at Fine Gael for a year, from 2011 to 2012; involved in the operations and logistics of former Taoiseach Enda Kenny’s “winning General Election tour” in February 2011; and CEO of Young Fine Gael and a Fine Gael National Youth Officer for eight years, from 2003 to 2011.

Ms O’Connor was also the campaign manager of RTÉ journalist George Lee when he won a seat in the Dublin South by-election in June 2009.

She might be a little biased.

Coronavirus crisis is no time for rookie ministers (Susie O’Connor, The Irish Times)

Green Party leader Eamon Ryan outside Leinster House last month

This afternoon.

The Green Party released the following statement:

“The Green Party Parliamentary Party met this afternoon and agreed that, in light of the unfolding Coronavirus crisis, the party are calling on all parties to suspend discussions on forming a majority government and work towards forming a crisis national government to be reviewed in three months.”

Green Party call for a national government to be formed to tackle the Coronavirus (Green Party)



Earlier: “Coronavirus Is Not A Mandate For Long-Term Government” [Updated]

Yesterday: Never Let A Virus Go To Waste


You may have seen this one coming.

This evening.

Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael released a joint statement saying the two parties have held “constructive discussions” and now they’ll begin “in-depth, detailed talks” particularly with “the onset of Covid-19′.

More as we get it.

.Via Fianna Fáil



Ah here.

FAI funding doubled as part of robust refinancing deal (RTÉ)


This afternoon.

The Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport are reportedly set to reveal details of a “refinancing arrangement” for the FAI involving the Government, UEFA and the Bank of Ireland.

RTÉ reports:

The football body, which has recently been the subject of a number of audits and investigations into its financial affairs, warned that it could not continue to pay the wages of over 200 staff if an immediate bailout of €18m was not forthcoming.

FAI rescue package set to be announced today (RTÉ)

FAI set to get €10m bailout from Uefa (John Fallon, The Times)

Previously: At The End Of The Day: €55,067,472

Let’s See That Again In Slow Motion


BBC business journalist Joe Lynam

Further to this morning’s publication of the letter from ECB president, Jean-Claude Trichet, to former finance minister Brian Lenihan, on November 19, 2010, BBC journalist Joe Lynam spoke to Richard Crowley on RTÉ’s News At One earlier.

On Saturday, November 13, 2010, Joe Lynam, of BBC, broke the story about how Ireland was going to enter an EU/IMF bailout programme because of the country’s property collapse.

This  was five days before Central Bank governor, Patrick Honohan, went on Morning Ireland to announce the same.

Joe Lynam: “The story that I broke, on November 13, on the BBC was that Ireland was in negotiations with the European Union and the ECB with the view to take a bailout and that, at some stage, those talks would reach fruition in Ireland and would indeed take a bailout. The language that I used was ‘it’s not a question of whether, but when.'”

Richard Crowley: “And presumably, from that, from good sources?”

Lynam: “Yeah. My sources were very senior. Needless to say, I won’t be revealing who they are but they were very, very senior in the European body politic.”

Crowley: “And what reaction did you get from Dublin?”

Lynam: “Needless to say, they weren’t happy. They flatly denied the story. On the evening of that I broke that story, on the Saturday evening, RTÉ was saying, quoting officers of the State saying it simply wasn’t true. On the Sunday, the Sunday Independent immediately, they led with Brian Cowen, the then Taoiseach, distancing himself, to say the least, from the story, saying it wasn’t accurate. And then we had a slew of ministers, junior and senior, disowning the story, simply saying it wasn’t true. Some said it was shoddy journalism. And yeah there was quite a bit of reaction from the then Government to the story. And then on the Tuesday, immediately after I broke the story, I think it was the 16th, I got a call from a senior officer of the Irish state, asking me, or demanding, that I retract my story, simply because it wasn’t true. And, that if I wanted to rescue my reputation, I’d need to retract the story pretty quickly.”

Crowley: “Who was that?”

Lynam: “I can’t say. A senior officer of the State, suffice to say that this person was empowered at the very, very highest level.”

Crowley: “And they were clearly denying this, even know something was in train at that point?”

Lynam: “Yeah it was a very nerve-wracking time for a journalist when you have impeccable sources on a story which you know to be accurate. But when a democratically elected government decides to go against you, it’s very tough, and I would like to thank my editors, in the BBC, for supporting me, all the way through that. Because some editors might buckle when a major government decides to question the veracity of your own story.”

Crowley: “And did they elaborate on that threat to your career?”

Lynam: “No. That was, it was just the one phonecall and I said unfortunately, I cannot retract a true story.”

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Pic: Joe Lynam