Fifteen uses for an abolished Seanad
This week Miriam Lord looks at Enda’s breakfast and Cong’s new quiet man
And a rejuvenated Seanad chamber could be its nod to the Titanic.
Enda’s breakfast chums give Lucinda food for thought
Slightly perturbing to see the Taoiseach noshing down in a cafe in south Dublin on Thursday morning when the establishment he has chosen, Hobarts in Ranelagh, proclaims itself “the home of the hangover cure”.
But it was even more intriguing to see his two companions.
Ranelagh, of course, is in the heartland of Lucinda Creighton’s Dublin South-East constituency (soon to become part of Dublin Bay South). And Enda was very publicly meeting two young Fine Gaelers who are nursing political ambitions in her backyard.
A signal the FG hierarchy isn’t minded to welcome the prodigal Lucinda – now residing among the Dáil’s Independents – back to the party fold before the next general election.
Enda was in the area to do some referendum campaigning, but he seemed particularly keen to be photographed with Rathgar pharmacist Kate O’Connell and doctor Paddy Smyth, both of whom are standing in the local elections.
He was sending out a more long-term message – that Fine Gael is looking at these two local election hopefuls – and O’Connell in particular – as general election candidates.
Local TD Eoghan Murphy completed the group. He looked a happy man.
Ring road to Cong as statue recalls Wayne’s world
Imagine you have a brand new statue called The Quiet Man and you need somebody suitable to unveil it.
A strong, silent type. A softly spoken kind of guy. A quiet man, really.
Sure who else could it be, but Michael Ring, the mouth
The Ringer will be in Cong tomorrow to unveil a bronze statue commemorating the filming of The Quiet Man in Mayo in 1951. It depicts Sean Thornton (John Wayne) and Mary Kate Danaher (Maureen O’Hara), who played the leading characters.
The sculpture is by Mark Rode, an Australian who moved to Mayo and runs a studio and it was commissioned as part of the Cong Festival.
We bet Ring won’t forget to mention that Mayo organised a staggering 470 Gathering festivals this year. He’s done enough shouting about it in Dublin.
Not so starry plough as Kelly turns over old ground
All calm again in the Labour Party. At least that’s what they say, after the upset over their lack of presence at the Ploughing Championships and their leader’s absences abroad – when he should be at home looking after business.
It was a tense opening 20 minutes or so to the parliamentary party meeting. The party’s ploughing no-show was a major bone of contention. Finally, they moved on. Whereupon Minister of State Alan Kelly arrived in, unaware that they had just finished arguing about the recent agricultural debacle. He said he had something very important to bring up.