The next EU leader's meeting should be great craic
Enda entertaining the others telling of the day Jesus Christ, Budda, Napoleon, Stalin and Elvis held a town hall meeting in Castlebar
- Friends of the Irish Environment, 28.04.2003"The land Coillte Teo is now selling for development was given to them by the State in 1988 to ensure that our woodlands were run commercially, not to enable them to sell the family silver to service bank loans".
Miriam O'Callaghan (not the RTE one) is his speechwriter
There are some passages that are written professionally and others that are not. I'm reminded of this -
In the case of Kenny's speeches, the two voices do not belong to the same person.A Sonnet James Kenneth Stephen (1859–92) TWO voices are there: one is of the deep; It learns the storm-cloud’s thunderous melody, Now roars, now murmurs with the changing sea, Now bird-like pipes, now closes soft in sleep: And one is of an old half-witted sheep 5 Which bleats articulate monotony, And indicates that two and one are three, That grass is green, lakes damp, and mountains steep: And, Wordsworth, both are thine: at certain times, Forth from the heart of thy melodious rhymes 10 The form and pressure of high thoughts will burst: At other times—good Lord! I ’d rather be Quite unacquainted with the A. B. C. Than write such hopeless rubbish as thy worst.
No video record on merrionstreet.ie. Disappointing for historians and future generations.
This gives a flavour of Miriam O'Callaghan's writing - an article she wrote on being unemployed, broke and on social welfare in 2010.
There is that slightly out of breath, stream of consciousness pace and tone, but not the bombast, folksy touches and made up factoids.
From O'Callaghan's article -
Poor woman.Now I’m back at work. Back on my feet. Getting there involved gullet-sticking choices.
Last edited by C. Flower; 26-08-2012 at 12:19 AM.
http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/...311460410.htmlFrom my stint on social welfare, I believe every political adviser, and government adviser, should experience the panic of not being able to pay the bills, feel the shock of losing control over their lives, know the dread of going days without a cent.
An old post from April of this year -
Front page of the Daily Mail - "Kenny's right hand man was Lowry's top aide".
This is about someone called Mark Kennelly, who was Special Adviser (does that mean paid by the public purse, by FG or by Lowry) from 1995-6. He gave evidence in the McCracken Tribunal - something to do with representations Lowry made on behalf of Dunne in a Court case.
Mark Kennelly is now Enda Kenny's chef de cabinet. The Mail claims this is "hugely embarrassing for Fine Gael". Undeniably, there are questions to ask of that whole FG/Lab Cabinet and all associated with the licence process, but given that FF effectively took Lowry in, I don't think they can be asked by FF.
Kennelly according to the Mail advises Kenny on policy and on public appearances and was involved with the negotiations with Labour.
There are a number of anonymous FG sources quoted. Is this genuine concern or prep for an eventual heave?
"..a widespread internal disquiet at Mr. Kennelly's close relationship with Mr. Lowry and Mr. Kenny." Surprise and shock was expressed by this source about Kennelly's appointment.
"Another concerned Fine Gael TD said "Kennelly is one of a troika - Kenny, Kennelly and Phil Hogan, that has controlled the party since last summer's heave." Kennelly appears to have worked professionally as a researcher and policy adviser to Fine Gael from before 1995 to the present.
Kennelly went to Brussels and Helsinki with Kenny and some might be inclined to assume that he pulls the strings that open and shut Enda Kenny's mouth.
The story was written by John Lee.
I suppose Kennelly is now working on how Enda Kenny will handle this controversy, and his apparent unpopularity in some parts of FG.