Miriam Lord’s week: Political musings from the bottom up

Senators manage to keep contributions sweet – until the cracked omelettes arrive

’Our aim is to create a forum for a bottom-up debate on the issues that matter,’ Lucinda Creighton writes.

’Our aim is to create a forum for a bottom-up debate on the issues that matter,’ Lucinda Creighton writes.

Sat, Jan 18, 2014, 15:25

Thanks to all those kind people who took the time to draw my attention to a tweet sent by Gerry Adams on Tuesday. It was a lovely way to start the new political year.

Here is the Sinn Féin leader’s dispatch: “Really sore after pilates. 1st since b4 Christmas. I ache in the places where I used 2 play.”

Bet you’re all glad you read that – an image to haunt you for the rest of the weekend.

Gerry certainly seems to be on a big health kick.

The day after his Pilates revelation, he tweeted: “Problem. I got a ton of fruit&veg in Moore St 4 juicing. But left my juicer in Bfast. Silly Billy! Just saying.”

While Gerry Adams posts his musings on Twitter, Lucinda Creighton of the Reform Alliance non-party has taken to print – she began a new column in the Irish Mail on Sunday last week.

And we see she had a column in the Irish Catholic on Thursday, giving details of The RA’s public conference in the RDS next Saturday.

The former Fine Gael junior minister pours cold water on any suggestions that this event is some sort of “monster meeting” or ardfheis-style gathering. The objective of the conference is focused on three areas: political, economic and healthcare reform.
That should keep people talking.

While the seven members of the RA are “sponsoring” the conference, “it is the audience and the panel participants who will be playing the starring roles”.

At the time of writing, Lucinda says more than 500 people have registered to attend “from a cross spectrum of people on the island of Ireland”.

The event is not “for one ideological view or religious ethos” but is a meeting to advance multiple reforms in much needed areas.

“Our aim is to create a forum for a bottom-up debate on the issues that matter,” Lucinda writes.

Bottoms up? Oh, thank God. That must mean there’ll be a bar, so.

Senators manage to keep contributions sweet – until the cracked omelettes arrive

Fine Gael Senator Catherine Noone concluded her speech on Wednesday about childhood obesity by noting that Lidl has stopped placing displays of sweets at cash registers.

She welcomed the supermarket’s decision as it would save parents from being pestered by their children for treats while waiting in the queue.

“The Senator should not promote Lidl here,” Fianna Fáil’s Mary White sniffily informed her.

Noone went on to suggest that the Upper House might hold a public consultation on the topic and invite the Minister in to discuss the issue.

But White was still piqued by the Senator’s Lidl remark about the removal of the sweets. “I concur with Senator Noone in respect of obesity but she should not promote one company over another.”

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