Martin McGuinness already in the driving seat?
Did you know that President Mary McAleese’s garda driver’s name is…Martin McGuinness!
It’s just one of those amusing coincidences that occur in politics every now and again. I imagine it might raise a smile or two at times, particularly when Mrs McAleese is heading North, and especially now with the Sinn Fein man is running for president.
I’ve often thought it must be weird to have the same name as a prominent person. There’s a nice feature on the subject by Mark O’Connell here http://bit.ly/g6BNCd in which he chats those who share names with Colin Farrell, Mary Harney and Graham Norton among others.
On a more serious note, you might remember that back in March the Government announced that former presidents (and former taoisigh) and will no longer be provided with around-the-clock official transport, although exceptions will be made on important State occasions.