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  • The Moment of Truth…

    April 22, 2009 @ 10:19 am | by Harry McGee

    … well for 19 FF junior ministers, that is.

    The Cabinet meeting is on as I write.

    If Cowen is conservative he will drop five.

    He can’t drop both female juniors. (more…)

  • ‘Those were the days, my friend, we thought they’d never end’

    April 20, 2009 @ 9:59 pm | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    In these difficult times, everyone needs a good laugh now and then. They say it is the best medicine of all. In that spirit, I am offering the introductory paragraph of then-Taoiseach Bertie Ahern’s statement when he announced an increase in the number of junior ministers from 17 to 20 on 20 June 2007.


     Brian Cowen in happier times with 18 of the 20 outgoing ministers of state (Photograph by Dara MacDonaill, 13 May 2008)


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