I can't recall a previous cabinet that was so geographically narrow nor one that was so utterly brazen about looking after it's own constituents. Form Gilmore's swimming pool to hospital closures the message is if you have a minister this government will look after you but if you haven't you can FOAD.
Rest assured Baron, her and Baldy will do shag all for Limerick or anywhere else
Having the Taoiseach in the constituency seems to be a plus for Mayo. According to the Indo, Gump has been writing an average of 3 letters a month to Ruairi Quinn to get funding for Mayo schools.
The constant lobbying has resulted in Quinn doing a volte face and allocating €120,000 to a school in Newport that had been turned down as low priority several times previously.
Those of us in the dirty bib constituencies can only press our grubby noses to the window and watch in awe as our taxes are divvied up in ministerial back yards.
We have no money for health services in Roscommon (no minister) but we have €19m for vanity projects in Dublin West (2 ministers).
We already know that most of the hospitals targeted for closure/downgrading are in constituencies with no minister and now it looks like the pattern will be repeated with garda stations.
The counties listed in the article between them boast just two junior ministers.
When he was Taoiseach, Bertie managed to swing the National Children's hospital for his constituency but he was ousted before the project was started. Now the only constituency with two cabinet ministers is being tipped to get it.
Amazing co-incidences that will have cynical people muttering darkly.
Connolly hospital is believed to have several advantages over the other two favourites, including 50 acres of land on its own campus and another 89 acres in the adjoining National Sports campus, previously earmarked for the 'Bertie bowl'.
All of this land is state-owned and so would come cost free to the Department of Health.
http://www.independent.ie/national-n...d-3228182.htmlThe site is near the M50/N3 as well as having a railway station nearby and bus access.
"This isn't working,
My middle-brow f**ker"
Having a minister or a junior in the constituency doesn't hurt when scarce resources are being distributed. James Reilly's Dept. of Health has just published the list of 35 proposed Primary Care Centre locations and two thirds are in the constituencies of senior or junior ministers.
Carlow/Kilkenny (Hogan), Dublin North (Reilly) and Mayo (Kenny and Ring) get two each as do junior ministers constituencies of Donegal South West (McGinley), Galway East (Cannon) and Meath East (McEntee).
There's one each to Cabinet ministers in Cork South Central (Coveney), Dublin Mid West (FitzGerald), Dublin North Central (Bruton), Dublin South (Shatter), Kerry North/West Limerick (Deenihan), Limerick (Noonan and O'Sullivan), and Wexford (Howlin).
Louth (O'Dowd) and Tipp North (Kelly) got one each.