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Interventions… January 30, 2020

Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.

Micheál Martin has been very upset over the following:

EU Trade Commissioner Phil Hogan has become embroiled in a General Election row, with Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin claiming that comments he made yesterday about Brexit amounted to a “partisan intervention” into Irish politics.

Needless to say, that’s nothing at all like the following from 2007 when Martin was Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment from 2004 to 2008:

A Fianna Fáil party political broadcast shown Wednesday night features outgoing British Prime Minister Tony Blair, former US president Bill Clinton and negotiator George Mitchell praising Taoiseach Bertie Ahern’s role in the peace process.

The four-minute film was first shown to journalists after the party’s daily press conference this morning.

According to Fianna Fáil, the three individuals knew they were participating in a party political broadcast and approved the film.

Pat Leahy in his history of that government notes the ‘unusual commitment of a British PM to re-electing a Fianna Fáil Taoiseach’! No doubt.


1. oliverbohs - January 30, 2020

Speaking of such things, don’t think Varadkar wd welcome any encomiums from Boris, though unlikely he’d get any

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WorldbyStorm - January 30, 2020

Imagine that. Wow!


2. John Goodwillie - January 30, 2020

I hold no brief for Phil Hogan, but I can’t see a problem in him participating in Irish political discussion. Most of the members of the Commission are politicians and I don’t think there is any bar on them being members of political parties. They are not neutral civil servants.

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WorldbyStorm - January 30, 2020

There is that. This peevish Micheál Martin we seem to see a lot of these days. I’m not sure it’s a good look for him or FF.

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NFB - January 31, 2020

Very teechy last night in the bits of the VM debate I was able to stomach (never watch Cooper and Yates usually, why is everyone shouting at each other right from the off?). I imagine Varadkar will be trying very hard to bait him into seeming undignified in the last debate.


3. benmadigan - January 31, 2020

can’t stand MM. hope he’s never taoiseach.


4. CL - January 31, 2020

“Sinn Fein’s election manifesto ‘could have been written by Jeremy Corbyn’, Leo Varadkar declared yesterday ”

Another reason to vote Sinn Fein.


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