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A good question July 15, 2020

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Pot-stirring, well, perhaps. But a very basic question too, from Conor Lenihan.

Speaking on RTÉ’s Today with Sarah McInerney, Mr Lenihan said that before a ministerial appointment is confirmed, a vetting procedure is carried out to ensure there is nothing outstanding or untoward in the person’s record.

He said he was amazed that Taoiseach Micheál Martin has stated all along that he was unaware of the existence of this Pulse record.

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1. Joe - July 15, 2020

More questions than answers. Isn’t Martin’s line that he didn’t know about Cowen’s conviction for drink-driving when he appointed him minister? And he’s saying that he only became aware of it when it came out in the news or when Cowen subsequently told him just before it came out in the news?
If that’s the case (and it may not be… Martin may know and have known more than he’s telling us… in which case his job may ultimately be on the line) but if it is the case, Martin missed a trick. Easy to say this in hindsight I suppose, but what Martin could have done, when Cowen told him, is say “You knew about this when I appointed you but you didn’t tell me. That’s out of order so I’m sacking you”. So sacking him for not being up front and open when he should have been, rather than for the conviction itself. In hindsight, this would have made Martin look sort-of like a leader.

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WorldbyStorm - July 15, 2020

Agreed. Isn’t it absurd though, Joe, that Martin didn’t do a proper audit with potential Ministers about precisely this. Actually, I’d pull that back a little. Any candidate for a political party should be run through an audit each election to flush out this sort of stuff. As always it’s the revelation at a particular point as distinct from the original issue (serious though that is – though I think Cowen didn’t help himself by his ahem unusual license).

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NFB - July 15, 2020

Appointing a Minister without vetting screams “I had no choice”. Favours were owed, party loyalists were due. Really hard to see Martin surviving till Varadkar takes over.

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WorldbyStorm - July 15, 2020

That has to be it. Makes you wonder what other rakes are in the grass waiting to be stepped on!

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roddy - July 15, 2020

Jimmy Greeves was once asked did he play snooker.He replied “the last time Iknocked two balls together ,I stood on a rake”

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