First ladies gush at Gaiety stage of visit
Miriam Lord’s week
This information emerged during a recent debate in the European Parliament on measures to make it easier for pet owners to travel around Europe with their dogs, cats and ferrets.
Speakers welcomed the move to cut the red tape required to bring our four legged friends out foreign.
English MEP Chris Davies spoke lovingly of his pet – a Manchester ferret named Pod who became “the proud owner of a passport of his own” 10 years ago.
Davies imagined that when the EU introduced this travel document, “dogs were excited, ferrets were inquisitive and cats were indifferent, because cats are always indifferent.”
Seán Kelly rose to represent Ireland’s view.
“I, myself, am a cat man. I have 10 cats, and I take grave exception to Mr Davies’s remark that cats are indifferent. On the contrary, they are very engaging and very cuddly and while you have cats, you’ll have no rats or mice, so they serve a dual purpose.”
Now, the serious bit:
“The rapporteur mentioned that in Europe we have 64 millun cats, 66 millun dogs and if he had added 10 millun barrels of porter, he could have been singing that great Irish song, The Irish Rover.”
You see? It’s not all about straightening bananas in Strasbourg. Good man Seán.
LYCRA EXPANDS CUSTOMER BASE TO INCLUDE TDs
The authorities in Leinster House are always trying to encourage staff and politicians to pursue a healthier lifestyle.
Close the bar, some might say, although these days the coffee machines are busier than the beer pumps.
Healthy menus have been introduced in the restaurants. The gym – located across the road on Kildare Street – is open to anyone on the Oireachtas payroll and is very popular with staff and politicians.
The pilates classes in the fitness room are proving hugely popular. We hear Gerry Adams has signed up. He was stretching away with the best of them this week.
Signs of a more flexible Sinn Féin? He’ll have to get a little pair of shorts for Ted too.
The Sinn Féin leader was seen belting out the Merrion Street gate on Wednesday on a bike. “He’s putting us younger men to shame,” reported our man in Lycra.
“Enda Kenny had better watch out, he has a rival in the cycling stakes.”
No doubt our own Fintan O’Toole – the cyclists’ friend – will be delighted at the news.