Miriam Lord’s week: Search continues for ‘straw that broke the camel’s back’
The choir was formed in the 1960s and a founder-member is Garvin Evans, father of Dave Evans, better known as the Edge of U2. They rehearse on Monday nights in the Royal Hospital, Donnybrook. New recruits are welcome. Details at dublinwelsh.com
A little bird tells us, by the way, that another collection of Michael D’s speeches is currently in preparation. His previous compilation Renewing the Republic was published in 2011, the year he was elected. Some of his recent orations have been quite controversial, so maybe he should call his next volume
A Cat Among the Pigeons.
Mathews recognises no boundaries in his passion to halt Abortion Bill
There is no doubt that passions are running high among some deputies in Leinster House when it comes to the Abortion Bill.
However, there is passion, there is heated passion and then there is Peter Mathews.
The Fine Gael deputy for Dublin South is utterly opposed to the legislation as it currently stands and he has been on a crusade around the corridors of power in his efforts to persuade people to rally to his cause.
Nobody is safe.
We have seen the Taoiseach waylaid on his way from the chamber and subjected at length to the Mathews treatment.
He follows people even as they quicken their pace, doggedly pointing out the dangers in the legislation as he see it.
During the recent committee hearings, Peter was so anxious to discuss aspects of Rhona Mahoney’s contribution that he left the chamber with her, still making his case for the unborn as the Master of Holles Street reached the door of the Ladies’ loo.
On Thursday, a journalist passed him in the corridor only to be handed a copy of the Hippocratic Oath along with a lengthy lecture on the rights of the unborn. Soon afterwards, he read the oath into the Dáil record.
At one point, Peter complained “no Government Minister” had attended the Health Committee hearings in May.
“I did,” interjected Kathleen Lynch.
“Not for long,” he said.
“I was there for an entire morning,” she protested.
“I said no Government Minister attended. With respect, you are a junior Minister,” sniffed Peter, as Kathleen gave him a thunderous look.
Mary would have someting to say about the banker braggats
We were thinking this week that former Fianna Fáil minister and best-selling author, Mary O’Rourke, might have some interesting things to say about the whole sorry Anglo saga.
Mary, of course, was very close to her nephew, the late Brian Lenihan, who was minister for finance on that ill-fated night of the bank guarantee.
And she has always had interesting views on the male-dominated world of Irish business and politics, so she would have plenty to say about the obnoxious carry-on of the banking braggarts who beggared us. And here, don’t we see the programme for this year’s Percy French Festival, which starts on July 10th in Castlecoote Hall and various other locations around Roscommon. Mary will be delivering a lecture on “Life in the male world of politics: balancing public and home life”. It’s an interesting line-up – lecturers include Abbot Mark Patrick Hederman of Glenstal Abbey, professors Luke Gibbons and Richard Broadberry and ICA president Liz Wall.
Roscommon county council is running an exhibition at the county library while Castlecoote has harp recitals, a musical take on Oscar Wilde from Bill Golding and “an open competition for Percy French impersonators”.
Thankfully, apart from the always entertaining O’Rourke, there is very little politics on the menu. It’s much more stimulating stuff.