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Thread: FG's Sen. Joe O'Reilly's 28 foreign trips in just 32 months - a waste of public money?

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    Quote Originally Posted by hiding behind a poster View Post
    It's kinda sad that on a political discussion board, I'd have to. But I tell you what - I'll give you the links in the chain, in no particular order, and you see if you can put them together - ok?

    Here we go -

    1) Day One of nurses' strike. FG senator Joe O'Reilly joins nurses on a picket line in solidarity.

    2) Last Wednesday. FG senator Joe O'Reilly gets savaged from all quarters at FG parliamentary party meeting, for undermining the government position (see 1) above).

    3) Last Sunday. Unflattering story about FG senator Joe o'Reilly's expenses shows up in a Sunday newspaper.


    Let me know what you have it, Sherlock.
    so FG have viciously leaked this to their cronies in the media to take out someone who disagreed with the party line?

    the travel is excessive, TBF. but the antics you are inferring by your beloved party are much more serious and once again indicative of the cosy link between the FG gov and the media. how many ministers now have former media heads as advisors?
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    Quote Originally Posted by artfoley56 View Post
    so FG have viciously leaked this to their cronies in the media to take out someone who disagreed with the party line?
    I'd say that's what's happened, yes - not FG directly, but an individual. Politics is a tough game, and when a public representative undermines his own party's position on the biggest news story of the day, he can expect consequences - be it FG or any other party.

    the travel is excessive, TBF.
    That's entirely a matter of opinion.

    but the antics you are inferring by your beloved party are much more serious and once again indicative of the cosy link between the FG gov and the media. how many ministers now have former media heads as advisors?
    No, it isn't. Journos are fed virtually everything they write, from people in all parties. They'd barely know what date to put on the front page is someone didn't leak it to them. Anyway media heads generally make good media advisers, because they know how the media works, and have contacts to get the good stuff out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hiding behind a poster View Post
    It's kinda sad that on a political discussion board, I'd have to. But I tell you what - I'll give you the links in the chain, in no particular order, and you see if you can put them together - ok?

    Here we go -

    1) Day One of nurses' strike. FG senator Joe O'Reilly joins nurses on a picket line in solidarity.

    2) Last Wednesday. FG senator Joe O'Reilly gets savaged from all quarters at FG parliamentary party meeting, for undermining the government position (see 1) above).

    3) Last Sunday. Unflattering story about FG senator Joe o'Reilly's expenses shows up in a Sunday newspaper.


    Let me know what you have it, Sherlock.
    So less Ferris Bueller and more like Wag the Dog?

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    Quote Originally Posted by hiding behind a poster View Post
    I'd say that's what's happened, yes - not FG directly, but an individual. Politics is a tough game, and when a public representative undermines his own party's position on the biggest news story of the day, he can expect consequences - be it FG or any other party.
    I'm sure its the govt position, not sure if that's reflected in the membership





    Quote Originally Posted by hiding behind a poster View Post
    No, it isn't. Journos are fed virtually everything they write, from people in all parties. They'd barely know what date to put on the front page is someone didn't leak it to them. Anyway media heads generally make good media advisers, because they know how the media works, and have contacts to get the good stuff out.
    and there was me in all innocence thinking that advisors were there to ensure that the advisors are to advise the minister on the best course for the citizen, not to manage the message to get reelected. seeing as theyre paid from the public purse and all
    "I like a bit of a cavort, I don't send 'em solicitor's letters. I apply a bit of pressure"

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    seems a lot of trips, but costs very reasonable ,others going first class to South Africa and staying in 5 star Hotels cost a lot more, Maybe he is a hardworking politician.

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    Hopefully it'll turn out he's being cute and visiting only cities with new hospitals. And when no-one is watching he is nicking a piece of each hospital and smuggling it back in his baggage.

    By the time Joe is finished Cavan will have a new Geripaediatriorthopaedic hospital that'll be the envy of the world. For nothing. Good man Joe.
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