Looks like Labour are in no mood to take today's Willie O'Dea waffle.
Its turning into a really bad day for O'Dea as he has been badly caught out..
Firstly he gets his ass well spanked on RTE drivetime as clearly he best media performances are long behind him.
To put it mildly, O'Dea's performace was Shambolic.
@Trojan_K_14: Willie O'Dea getting tore a new one on @drivetimerte by @boucherhayes. Brilliant radio, absolutely brilliant radio on RTÉ 1 #knowyourfacts
@absolutebog: Ding, ding... Boucher-Hayes accuses Willie O'Dea of making up figures as he goes along on issue of new child benefit system #drivetime
@derekbeau8: How amusing listening to Willie O Dea tripping himself up at every opportunity , you had your chance and failed miserably , #uninterested
@mockyboland: #Willie O'Dea. Gets absolutely murdered on rte radio 1 by PBH. Making up stuff, denials everything. He was once let loose to run the country
Now Aodhán Ó Ríordáin is giving O'Dea a final kicking
FF hypocrisy on Child Benefit laid bare | Aodhán Ó Ríordáin TD | The Labour Party
"The shameless manner in which Willie O’Dea attempted to rubbish the recommendations of the Mangan Report published today highlights Fianna Fail’s blatant hypocrisy in this issue.
I would urge Deputy O’Dea to read the National Recovery Plan 2011-2014, which was published by the Fianna Fail Govt in 2010. In that document Fianna Fail called for proposed structural reform in the areas of family income supports, including Child Benefit.
As part of this, Fianna Fail proposed the development of a rebalanced and integrated child income support payment system which would provide for a universal component to replace Child Benefit with one single payment rate per child.
Fianna Fail’s plan proposed that the universal payment would be supplemented with a further payment in the case of children of families in receipt of a social welfare payment or in low income employment. These supplements would replace qualified child payments and family income supplement as appropriate.
This sounds awfully like the proposal put forward in the Mangan Report but which now, conveniently, Fianna Fail are opposed to!
People will see right through Willie O’Dea’s scaremongering and in any case, will find it hard to take seriously, somebody who was actually a member of the Govt that got us into this mess in the first place.
In addition Willie O’Dea’s claim that it would take 500 civil servants to implement a two-tier scheme is without foundation, and when challenged about this on national radio today it became patently clear that he was making it up. It wouldn’t be the first time."
Obviously Aodhán Ó Ríordáin was listening to O'Dea's humiliation on RTE Drivetime.