If Sean Spicer, President Trump’s biggest-ever-inauguration-crowd press secretary, has even half the wit of one of those clever gamblers who will make a profit at Cheltenham he is a wiser man today than he was when he joined the alternative-facts presidency.
Minister for public service, Ruairí Quinn, objected 30 years ago to proposals for Ireland to sign a European Convention which would allow for the transfer of Irish prisoners held abroad back home because of the existing overcrowding problem in Irish prisons.
Fine Gael is willing to increase the number of ‘technical’ groups in the Dáil, boosting their speaking rights, in a move widely viewed as an attempt to win the votes of Independent TDs and smaller parties for Enda Kenny as Taoiseach.
Former IBRC chairman Alan Dukes has blamed “negative” comments by Finance Minister Michael Noonan about the bank for “unjustified hostility or a plain lack of comprehension on the part of current and former senior officials of the Department of Finance”.
While complicated, the independent commission of investigation examining concerns over bad bank IBRC effectively involves three points: interest rates; ‘unusual’ share trading; and business deals that left the State tens of millions of euro out of pocket.