Golf society vote swings it for sole runner Phil
In the midst of the chaos in Leinster House on Wednesday night, the Minister for the Environment swept to victory in a very important election. He was the only candidate, but we’ll gloss over that.
He was over the moon. And who would blame him? Say hello to President Phil.
Now there’s a thought to put you off your breakfast.
Yes, Big Phil Hogan has been installed as president of the Oireachtas Golf Society following its agm held in the salubrious confines of the Members’ Bar in Leinster House.
The membership is quite pleased with this as they anticipate a nice day out in Mount Juliet when the President’s Prize outing comes around. It’ll be a change from Ballyconneely in Connemara, which has been the course of choice for most of the recent presidents, mainly due to certain Fianna Fáil politicians’ fondness for holidaying in the area.
“The event turned into a bit of a FF shindig. They liked to go back there every year – like the crowd who return to Killorglin every year for Puck Fair,” said one society member.
Meanwhile, Labour Senator Lorraine Higgins has became the first woman captain of the Oireachtas Golf Society in its 57-year history. Galway-based Lorraine said she will be hosting her Captain’s Day competition at Athenry Golf Club.
Big Phil was delighted with himself as he enjoyed a chilled glass of Chardonnay with the winsome Lorraine – Senator, barrister and fellow office holder.
The outgoing president, Seanad Cathaoirleach Paddy Burke, chaired the proceedings, which were far more sedate and dignified than the raucous early-hour sittings in the Upper House a few hours later.
Labour’s Jack Wall was returned by general acclaim as PRO thanks to his slogan: “the only PRO who never sent out a press release.”
Former TD and senator Donie Cassidy continues as secretary. His hard work was noted by his fellow golfers after he delivered a detailed report.