I heard on the One of Clock News that Tayto have announced the creation of 78 extra jobs. This is obviously good news; all extra employment is welcome and Tayto is a classic Irish company (although it seems that some of its strong performance is due to providing home comforts to new emigrants in Australia and elsewhere).
What caught my ear was that the Taoiseach was on hand to announce the jobs. This seems to be a recurring event these days; any sort of reasonably sizeable employment boost appears to come with Enda Kenny attached. Does anybody else think it is somewhat demeaning of his office to be acting as a cheerleader for a private company? I suppose if a massive number of new jobs was announced, his presence would be appropriate, but 78 jobs, while good in itself, is not particularly large by anyone’s standards.
Of course, the Taoiseach and other Ministers are nowhere to be seen when companies announce job losses! Personally, I think this craze for turning up at every piece of decent employment news makes us look like a bit of a banana republic.