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Thread: Don't "lose the plot" about politicians' travel, says Michael Martin

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    Default Don't "lose the plot" about politicians' travel, says Michael Martin

    Michael Martin has come to the defence of John O'Donoghue and has warned against "losing the plot" when it comes to cutting back politicians' travel expenses.

    According, to Martin it's not all first-class flights, limos, five star hotels and days spent at Ascot. Politicians have to do some work too, you know.

    Martin is quoted in the Irish Examiner -

    Mr Martin defended Mr O’Donoghue, saying he was a "very good" Ceann Comhairle and had been a "very effective" minister for arts, sport and tourism.

    Networking and travel were crucial parts of that portfolio, Mr Martin added, citing Cheltenham’s importance to the Irish equestrian industry as an example....

    "I just worry that we can lose the plot a bit in terms of the wider importance of travel — and it’s not easy either, by the way. There’s this notion that it’s all perks, but [in] my own experience, it’s constant, it’s 16-hour days."
    Mr Martin said O'Donoghue is in a difficult position - not because he's been caught living like a rock star at taxpayers' expense - but because, as Ceann Comhairle, he cannot sully his office by getting embroiled in a debate about expenses.

    One has to wonder, exactly who is in danger of losing the plot here?

    Martin warns against ?losing the plot? on political travel | Irish Examiner
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    Quote Originally Posted by draiocht23 View Post

    he cannot sully his office by getting emmbroiled in a debate about expenses.
    Junket Johnny is finding plenty of other ways to sully his office

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    Was Michael Martins ACTUALLY in the country when he made that statement

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    FOI for Mickey Martins foreign travel anybody?

    We should put a fund together to do FOI requests ? €50 quid each and we can decide who we go after?

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    "As a country that exports over 80% of everything we make, be it services or merchandise, we need to be known abroad, we need to have a presence abroad, and we need to push Ireland Inc.

    Read more: Martin warns against ?losing the plot? on political travel | Irish Examiner

    How does JOD (and his wife and secretary and probably his little heir) on the piss in every major race course in the UK help push "Ireland Inc"?

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    Pressure mounts.
    "It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends upon his not understanding it." - Upton Sinclair.

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    Is John O'Donoghue allowed to step aside temporarily from his position as Ceann Comhairle to explain these issues? What is the process of resigning and appointing a CC?
    The future saviour of the Irish Economy: Charles Darwin

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    Quote Originally Posted by DCon View Post
    "As a country that exports over 80% of everything we make, be it services or merchandise, we need to be known abroad, we need to have a presence abroad, and we need to push Ireland Inc.

    Read more: Martin warns against ?losing the plot? on political travel | Irish Examiner

    How does JOD (and his wife and secretary and probably his little heir) on the piss in every major race course in the UK help push "Ireland Inc"?
    Presumbaly, people were so gobsmacked when the saw JOD, an unimportant Minister from a tiny little country, prancing around like a Saudi prince they were curious to come here and see, for themselves, the muppets who were bankrolling him.

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    What function did John O'Donoghue carry out at Cheltenham that is so important to the Irish Racing Industry that he spenf 1400 on a limo? Did he train or ride a few winners? Did he own the winner of the gold cup?

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    Honestly, the gall of FF these days is astonishing!

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