Updated: 21/02/18 : 06:06:04Printable Version
By Eugene McGloin
AN ORGY was how a one-time government partner has described last week’s launch of the new National Plan.
Geb Nash was a minister under Enda Kenny but he didn’t spare the welly in the Seanad (Senate) yesterday.
He described going to the cinema at the weekend to see Martin McDonagh’s new film.
home I was expecting to see three billboards outside Drogheda telling
me again how great it was,” said Nash to laughter from colleagues on all
Over in the Dáil, the Opposition joined in criticism of the style and spin of last week’s launch in Sligo.
Fianna Fáil's Barry Cowen accused the Government of disregarding the Dáil prior to the launch of the Plan.
funds had, he said, been used for razzmatazz and briefings had been
provided to media and sectional interests before the Dail.
Added Cowen: “This is not Fine Gael's money, this is taxpayers’ money, and you'd better remember that.
“The taxpayer needs to know where its money is being spent.
money is being used to address the here and now in 2018, let alone
what's on the never-never in 2040,” RTE’s News Now reported Cowen.
Féin's Eoin Ó Broin said the event in Sligo last week was “probably the
most expensive press conference in the history of the State.”
"Not only was there a very fancy website .....but newspaper, TV and cinema adverts.
wonder is that the first time in the history of a Government that ads
promoting something like this have been in cinemas,” he asked.