Enterprise minister says talks with EU and IMF like a poker game

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Enterprise Minister Batt O'Keefe speaking earlier tonight at Dromoland said talks with EU and IMF were like a poker game.

O'Keefe told the audience that "we are playing poker with these people and we are waiting to see their hand."

His comments led to a number of journos running out of the room I've been told.
 


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were they running out in terror, suddenly realising the gobsh1tes that are talking to them? Will any of us political nerds ever sleep again or is the quantity of idiocy so vast that news of it will break every 5 seconds for the next 4 years?
 

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There was lad on here last night, big C, I think he goes by, who apparently plays a form of poker with balls. We should get him on the job.
 
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And this from the Irish Times' John Collins, who I was told by someone there leaped from his seat after hearing Batt O'Keefe's remarks

Speaking at the Silicon Valley Comes to Ireland event in Dromoland Castle last night, Minister for Enterprise Batt O'Keeffe described the situation as being akin to a poker game.

"We've got to play poker over the next couple of days to see what cards these people have to play, what exactly they have in mind. We would like to see the colour of their money," Mr O'Keeffe said referring to any offers of financial assistance from the ECB or IMF.

He also said the Government "almost had" European Commission approval for the outline of its four-year plan which would be finalised in the coming days.
Government strives to limit cuts to €15bn as EU and IMF arrive - The Irish Times - Thu, Nov 18, 2010
 

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Nothing new here ... FF gambling with these "people" ... they've been gambling with the interests of the country for 13 odd years and royally fupped the whole thing from top to bottom
 

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What Batt does not realise is that the Wild West is over. Civilisation has come too town with regulations, debt ratios and expenditure charts. The day off the old gun slinger playing poker in the galway Tent, while sycophants run too his every whim has come too an end.

This will be a sit down and listen meeting, the IMF will inspect the books and deliver the verdict with no input from any member of the irish state.
 

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This has led to particular anxiety in the ECB where president Jean-Claude Trichet is worried about the weakness of Ireland’s banks.

“Trichet was very disappointed and even mad at the fact that the [Irish] minister was not prepared to start an immediate application,” said a European diplomat who was briefed on the proceedings.

While Germany and France are known to have backed the ECB, the diplomat said many but not all ministers who were at the meeting had concerns about Ireland’s stance. “There was a large degree of disappointment about that.”


Diplomatically speaking "many but not all", is a real kick in the teeth for the french and germans. I take it to mean most were not on their side.
 

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There was lad on here last night, big C, I think he goes by, who apparently plays a form of poker with balls. We should get him on the job.
Thanks for misquothing me. I would get angry only I know that as an FFer you can't get anything correct.
 

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Just goes to show how out of touch with reality our politicians have become.

Does he realise that this "poker game" will effect peoples lives for the next 30 years. And if he is not aware of the effects maybe he should look at the rate of suicide and depression which has exploded in the last few years.

Utterly disgrace comments.

I would also suggest the delegates at this conference weren't too impressed. The minister tasked with developing and attracting business to this country referring to the current crisis as a poker game, it hardly inspires confidence with investors now does it!
 

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One can only imagine what the "Outsiders" are going to think of these comments as they arrive in Dodge tmro ...
 

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I would also suggest the delegates at this conference weren't too impressed. The minister tasked with developing and attracting business to this country referring to the current crisis as a poker game, it hardly inspires confidence with investors now does it!
It'll keep Michael Lowry happy at any rate.
 

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Nearly fell off my chair when I read that quote.

Theme tune for the day: p-p-p-poker face, p-p-p-poker face, mum mum mum maw...
 

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This has led to particular anxiety in the ECB where president Jean-Claude Trichet is worried about the weakness of Ireland’s banks.

“Trichet was very disappointed and even mad at the fact that the [Irish] minister was not prepared to start an immediate application,” said a European diplomat who was briefed on the proceedings.

While Germany and France are known to have backed the ECB, the diplomat said many but not all ministers who were at the meeting had concerns about Ireland’s stance. “There was a large degree of disappointment about that.”


Diplomatically speaking "many but not all", is a real kick in the teeth for the french and germans. I take it to mean most were not on their side.
Diplomatically speaking there is no such thing as disappointment - there are only interests and the interests of this state and our people is to get the best deal possible out of this ridiculous circumstance to which Fianna Fáil have brought us.
 

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They have nearly lost everything spinning the wheel playing the roulette table, suppose some poker playing might bring them some look.
Any at the end of the day, when they have finished their antics and maxed out the country's credit card, atleast we have the IMF to top it up again for us.
 


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