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  • irishtimes.com - Posted: February 18, 2010 @ 10:22 pm

    Willie? Won’t he? Resign? Gone at 9pm

    Harry McGee

    The inevitable happened at 9 o’clock. The Taoiseach issued a statement saying he had accepted Willie’s resignation. It praised him for his contribution, made no reference really to the events that downed him.

    The Greens issued a statement a few minutes later. John Gormley went further, outlining why the Greens insisted today on what they refused to insist on yesterday. They will suffer criticism for the change of heart.

    Gormley’s statement read:

    “Yesterday afternoon I met Willie O’Dea and he assured me that an article in today’s Limerick Leader would vindicate him. The article published today does not do that. In fact it does the opposite.

    “At the very conclusion of yesterday’s Dail debate Mr O’Dea said his original actions in the matter were based on information given to him by An Garda Siochana. We were very concerned by this behaviour by a member of Government.

    “We have also taken the view that Willie O’Dea’s comments and conduct during yesterday’s debate and in subsequent media appearances were inappropriate.

    “All these factors have led us to conclude that Willie O’Dea could not continue as a member of this Government. The issue has already taken up too much energy and attention at a time when crucial economic challenges face the Irish people.

    “We are committed to continuing to work with our partners in government to face those challenges.”

    The Minister was gobbled up by Sean O’Rourke on the News at One. If you ever want to hear what waterboarding sounds like, listen back to the interview. O’Dea sounded abject in the face of O’Rourke’s onslaught. He was finally forced to make a puiblic apology for his slur, something that he and all his Fianna Fail colleagues had failed to do about now (the only apology he had offered was the legal one in court on 21 December which he had no choice but to make as well as pay over a big chunk of change).

    He did sound unlike the Willie O’Dea of old. Abject and defeated. His worst moment was when he protested that he was a victim too. At least he apologised. It was something he should have done a long time ago rather than brazening it out with smokescreens and diversionary tactics and trading insults with the opposition in the Dail and his Sunday Indo column.

    Perhaps, a more contrite apology earlier might have saved his skin.

    • Desmond FitzGerald says:

      Good riddance to another waster.

      Too little too late from the Greens – no matter when they find the reason to pull the plug they are doomed.

      Of course now there’s another martyr on the FF backbenches who will smoulder feeling sorry for himself, the FF thugs will rally around because they are intellectually incapable of understanding how wrong what O’Dea did was.

      They will be seething in their hatred of the Greens and like Labour and the PDs before them, the Greens are slowly realising that FF is rotten to the core and any link iwth them infects the other party.

      If only Gormless had had some patience and avoided joining FF there’d have been an election by now and he’d be in government with FG and L actually changing things and putting things right in this country.

      Tick tock, chip by chip the edifice is starting to crack. Won’t be long now.

      To think people were silly enough to seriously think Enda Kenny was at risk – he’ll be Taoiseach by the end of the year and then the entire government of waters can join O’Dea as yesterdays men. Bring it on.

    • Blimey O'Riley says:

      Was that the sound of Champoo corks Des?

    • Ray D says:

      What is commendable, on the Leader’s part, is that the paper had the guts and courage to hold on to and not to destroy the tapes.

    • robespierre says:

      John Waters must be kicking himself – he’ll have to wait an entire week to write his paean to Slick Willy.

    • Marks says:

      It was inevitable. But where are the rest. Coughlan should go, not least for her remarks about the exodus of youth from this country.

      It seems that, unless there is major civil upheaval, the status quo will remain. FF would rather be on top of a wasteland, fiddling nero like.

      The Country is dying by degrees and the next generation is leaving in despair.

      Goodbye Wille, i doubt though you will be taking unpaid jobs in other EU states in an attempt to maintain a life

    • Catherine says:

      It seems that, unless there is major civil upheaval, the status quo will remain.

      Aint that the truth.

    • Colin Manning says:

      I went to RTE.ie to listen to the interview and was entertained by the preceeding ad for the movie “Green Zone”

    • Gerry Mac Donagh says:

      Wee Willie should have gone a taken long time ago and his detestable views and moustache with him

    • Danny H says:

      Willie O`Dea will not be the last to go, but why should he care ? he is on a nice little earner for the remainder of his term in office. He should have been sacked. Just look at the Haughy & Bertie Ahern Dynasties all FFers.

    • The Sentinel says:

      Why did the rest of the sorry lot of elected representatives behave in such a deplorable way? This POS politician should have been outed and isolated by his colleagues. Instead they let him hang on to his role. If the Government were only paid on the basis of performance, the Dail would be a much more effective platform for Irish government.

    • robespierre says:

      As predicted – Mr. Waters apologist in chief was in full counter-flow today.

      Maybe he has moved over to satire. For columnist to upbraid a columnist on account of their sheltered life….

    • PEIG R says:

      GOOD RIDDANCE AGAIN, O’DEA A FAB ROLE MODEL FOR IRELAND, GIVING MISLEADING INFORMATION TO THE HIGH COURT AND HE A BARRISTER TO BOOT.
      MINISTER FOR DEFENSE, WHAT DEFENSE, WHO ARE WE DEFENDING OURSELVES AGAINST. WE ARE A NEUTRAL COUNTRY.
      NO WONDER COWEN CAN EASILY MANAGE THE PORTFOLIO A 2 YEAR OLD COULD.


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