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  • irishtimes.com - Posted: February 16, 2011 @ 11:21 am

    Barry Andrews finds out what a real Minister is like

    Harry McGee

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    A well made little film recording the legendary encounter of the Minister for Three Words and the Minister for Three Portfolions (at least!) in Dun Laoghaire.

    It’s the Minister for Health (and many other things) Barry Andrews and his comedian brother David Andrews (aka David McSavage) on the campaign trail together, with McSavage in his Minister for Three Words role.

    It’s not exactly a laugh a minute but there are moments of funny engagement.

    • Michael says:

      I didn’t realise Andrews was appointed Minister for Health. I know he already sat at cabinet as Junior Minister for Children. This must mean that he is the only person to be made a full cabinet minister as a result of Cowen’s botched reshuffle. Does this not have to be voted on by the Dail? Did he get a payrise as a result?

    • James McCann says:

      Gas, good to see politicians with a sense of humour!

    • Bellminx says:

      OMG the TG4 leaders debate was the best debate so far and wasn’t Eimear Ní Chonaola just absolutely brilliant. Crikey, they all performed brilliantly, Eamon, Enda and Micheál and how wonderful to see the leaders of the three main parties debating as Gaeilge. The TG4 production was second to none and absolutely knocked spots off the RTE 1 effort, although the two-way debate on TV3 with Vincent was also brilliant. Can’t wait to brush up and expand on the cupla focal so that in future I won’t have to be relying so much on the subtitles for all the nuances, etc. For me Micheál was the winner but really there were no losers in this. Enda and Eamon were great. Wish they could all form the next government.

    • Declan says:

      @Michael – Barry Andrews is the Minister for Children (for which he gets a junior minister salary) and the FF spokesperson on health (which is unpaid). He is not the Minister for Health – that portfolio is held by Mary Coughlan.


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