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    Irish Times today http://www.irishtimes.com/business/v...stry-1.2087368


    Varadkar may use legislative powers to cut drug prices if no deal reached with industry.

    It is understood that talks between the Department of Health and the pharmaceutical industry on further price cuts, as part of a mid-term review of an existing agreement, have reached stalemate in recent weeks.

    Under the deal with the Irish Pharmaceutical Healthcare Association, which represents many of the producers of proprietary drugs, prices paid by the State are benchmarked against those in nine other European Union countries.
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    A spokesman for Mr Varadkar said: “The Minister is determined that the State will have the funds to ensure patient access to effective new therapies.

    “To do this savings must be achieved in the existing cost of medicines. The Minister is keen to do this in cooperation with the industry. Should this not prove possible then all alternatives including the use of the provisions of existing legislation will have to be considered.”
    This spokesman for Mr Varadkar wouldn't happen to be Brian Murphy, a former adviser to Gay Mitchell and chairman of Fine Gael's national executive council.

    Who was Director of Commercial Affairs with the very same Irish Pharmaceutical Healthcare Association before leaving to work as an adviser for Leo Varadkar in 2011. This story and these negotiations sound like bullshit to me

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr. FIVE View Post
    Irish Times today http://www.irishtimes.com/business/v...stry-1.2087368


    Varadkar may use legislative powers to cut drug prices if no deal reached with industry.



    And so



    This spokesman for Mr Varadkar wouldn't happen to be Brian Murphy, a former adviser to Gay Mitchell and chairman of Fine Gael's national executive council.

    Who was Director of Commercial Affairs with the very same Irish Pharmaceutical Healthcare Association before leaving to work as an adviser for Leo Varadkar in 2011. This story and these negotiations sound like bullshit to me
    It sounds downright disgraceful. Thus, it sounds just about right. Standards you know.

    Ireland is the land where stroke politics is taken to its most absurd end. Ireland will not only lick the arse of big multinational business, it will tongue the prostate of same. Yes, let's not only only listen to lobbyists, let's pretend they don't even exist by employing them as advisers.

    If only all that latent wit could be put to some useful purpose...

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    Enda just made up a new job


    Taoiseach Enda Kenny splashed out more than €50,000 of taxpayer's money on a new personal assistant to boost his local profile as fears grow about his support plummeting in Mayo.

    Fine Gael party activist Jack O'Donnell recently landed the plum role as the Taoiseach's personal local media liaison and is busily rebuilding Mr Kenny's image in his hometown.

    A Fine Gael source claimed the appointment was made on the back of internal research suggesting Mr Kenny was losing support in his constituency.

    "There must have been a poll, we've started that now, and the boss-man would be high up on that list," a source said.

    "Enda was going around white as a sheet after Christmas and then your man arrived. O'Donnell's well qualified for sure, from the Young Fine Gael set and from Enda's home town," the source added.
    "The problem for Enda is not that he would lose his seat but that he might end up coming in behind Michael Ring, and that would be a desperate embarrassment," a source said.
    http://m.independent.ie/irish-news/p...-30993257.html
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    Quote Originally Posted by DCon View Post
    Missed this. Yet another abuse of power and taxpayer money for personal gain.

    The Fine Gael/Labour way.
    Thomas Jefferson : Banking Establishments are More Dangerous to our Liberties than Standing Armies.

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    Eamon Gilmore's special adviser. Colm Ó Ríordáin (Aodhán's brother) has gone off to work for the Troika (Commission. Mark Garrett is gone to Glanbia and David Leach to GOAL. That's a good bit of the old regime cleared from Labour HQ. Phoenix has details of various ructions

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    After a brief stint at Al Jazeera, Creighton's former adviser is now working at the FG press office full time. He was in YFG since 2007 and a presenter on RTÉ before being hired in "exceptional circumstance" by Creighton in 2011 till her departure in 2013.

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    The Examiner has reported on how the CaAG noted some fat severance payments made to Special Advisers after last year's reshuffle.

    http://www.irishexaminer.com/ireland...0k-356838.html
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    Interesting

    Here are PQ edits by Andrew McDowell, Taoiseach's chief economic adviser, mostly accepted by DoF.



    https://mobile.twitter.com/colincoyl...86028870561793
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    Nice gig for Andrew McDowell.
    Taoiseach Enda Kenny has been criticised for appointing his economic advisor Andrew McDowell to a €275,000 job with the European Investment Bank.Labour's Alan Kelly said it is ironic that Mr McDowell was "appointed without public procurement or public analysis to a €275,000 job" as we have new politics "supposedly."
    Earlier, Sinn Féin's Pearse Doherty asked if Mr Kenny could inform the house if the Cabinet has decided to appoint Mr McDowell to the vice president position of the EIB.
    He asked if it is Mr Kenny's intention to inform the house of the appointment given that it will cause a vacancy at a crucial time in wake of the Brexit vote and it means the Taoiseach will not have a chief economic advisor for the autumn.
    Mr Doherty also asked if Mr Kenny intended to replace that position and if he intends this time to keep it within the pay cap as agreed in the Programme for Government.
    http://www.rte.ie/news/2016/0705/800...rew-mcdonnell/



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    Note for future Taoisigh of the not very bright make-up

    Stagger the holidays of your Advisers..


    Fine Gael officials last night said Mr Kenny seemed very “isolated” especially given that his main advisor Mark Kenneally and Feargal Purcell were on holidays and his chief economic adviser Andrew McDowell was set to leave


    http://www.irishexaminer.com/ireland...it-409208.html
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    Quote Originally Posted by DCon View Post
    Note for future Taoisigh of the not very bright make-up

    Stagger the holidays of your Advisers..





    http://www.irishexaminer.com/ireland...it-409208.html
    On holidays, huh? Could also be code for quietly investigating new career opportunities.

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    No recession for some


    New additions to the ranks of advisers include former TV3 anchorman, Alan Cantwell, who is on Jobs Minister Mary Mitchell O'Connor's team, and former housing charity boss, Bob Jordan, who is working for Housing Minister Simon Coveney. Both are on salary scales starting at €79,401. Not all appointments by the 15 Cabinet members and 18 junior ministers have been finalised. But now each of them is allowed to take on two additional staff members, provided they can argue they are needed to help navigate the political make-up of the new Dail. Guidelines by the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform say senior ministers can hire a total of 10 staff, up from eight, while junior ministers can take on seven, up from five.


    Former Labour Minister Alan Kelly last night said the decision to allow extra staff was "incredible given the fact that we have little or no legislation coming from this government.

    "What do they have to liaise on anyway? This parliament is legislating less than any parliament in living memory". Just eight acts have been passed since the Government was formed - and none of them has yet been signed into law by the President.

    Mr Kelly said he suspected that if additional staff are hired, they will "find themselves very busy doing constituency work", though the Government rejected this assertion.


    http://m.independent.ie/irish-news/p...-34907145.html
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    strange one


    Simon Coveney has finally ended his search for a second special adviser.

    Eyebrows will be raised in the political and media bubble around Kildare Street with the news that the Minister for Foreign Affairs will appoint journalist Chris Donoghue to the role. The Newstalk stalwart, who was with the radio station for 14 years, formally handed in his notice this week and is expected to join Coveney’s team in Iveagh House next month.

    https://www.irishtimes.com/news/poli...96235?mode=amp
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    Eyebrows raised???? An employee of the biggest FG funder??

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