Fine Gael back down on pairing

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FINE GAEL has backed down from an initial declaration that it would refuse Taoiseach Brian Cowen a Dáil pairing arrangement to attend the eighth Asia-Europe summit meeting in Brussels on Monday and Tuesday next.
Fine Gael backs down on Cowen pairing for EU-Asia talks - The Irish Times - Tue, Sep 28, 2010

Apparently Fine Gael only realised how important a meeting was after queries from RTE and the Irish Times. After initially pointing out how easy it would be for Cowen to return to the Dail - they have now said they will allow the pairing for the EU-Asia summit.

However the Fine Gael spokesman contacted this newspaper, after the front page had been shown on television late last night and he had received a query about the matter from RTÉ, to say that he had not understood the meeting was of such high status and a pair would not be refused after all.
Last Friday it was disclosed on Politics.ie that Fine Gael would be withdrawing from pairing arrangements with the Government for the forthcoming Dail term. Today Labour stepped in (after being approached by the Tanaiste Mary Coughlan) to pair with the Minister for Education to allow a journey to the US to promote international students coming to Ireland.

Late in the day, Fine Gael attempting to explain themelves by pointing out their withdrawal of pairing arrangements would still allow Mary Coughlan to travel to the US after Wednesday. In a statement entitled "Enterprise Ireland schedule confirms Coughlan could attend Dáil AND Conference" Fine Gael’s Education Spokesman, Fergus O’Dowd TD said the Tanaiste could comfortably attend the Dail and the conference saying that the conference attended by Enterprise Ireland were being held on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. FG's statement suggested after a day of business in the Dail, the Tanaiste could travel to the US to be there for conferences on Thursday.
 
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Fine Gael backs down on Cowen pairing for EU-Asia talks - The Irish Times - Tue, Sep 28, 2010

Apparently Fine Gael only realised how important a meeting was after queries from RTE and the Irish Times. After initially pointing out how easy it would be for Cowen to return to the Dail - they have now said they will allow the pairing for the EU-Asia summit.



Last Friday it was disclosed on Politics.ie that Fine Gael would be withdrawing from pairing arrangements with the Government for the forthcoming Dail term. Today Labour stepped in (after being approached by the Tanaiste Mary Coughlan) to pair with the Minister for Education to allow a journey to the US to promote international students coming to Ireland.

Late in the day, Fine Gael attempting to explain themelves by pointing out their withdrawal of pairing arrangements would still allow Mary Coughlan to travel to the US after Wednesday. In a statement entitled "Enterprise Ireland schedule confirms Coughlan could attend Dáil AND Conference" Fine Gael’s Education Spokesman, Fergus O’Dowd TD said the Tanaiste could comfortably attend the Dail and the conference saying that the conference attended by Enterprise Ireland were being held on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. FG's statement suggested after a day of business in the Dail, the Tanaiste could travel to the US to be there for conferences on Thursday.
Look its clear Enda Kenny is all over the place on this issue.

Once again he demonstrates dangerous rash judgement.

The issues of pairings are crucial to the effective governing of the country.

All governments of any political hue are entitled to these arrangements to ensure the good of everybody in a democracy.

Enda Kennys clear contempt for and confusion surrounding these elementary political matters is astounding.

Once again Enda Kenny puts personal ambition above the good of the country and demonstrates his utter unfitness to be leader of any political party let alone Taoiseach of the country.
 

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The only thing worse then the government is the opposition, etc.
 

bored and fussy

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who is behind all this carry on who is advising the party
is bruton, varadkar hayes etc in on this or is it just the old fogeys i.e enda kenny, phil hogan etc
seems to me as if they are in a right shambles, varadkar was right when he said he would not trust enda kenny as taoiseach it seem he cant let him out of his sight just as leader of the opposition,
 

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Look its clear Enda Kenny is all over the place on this issue.

Once again he demonstrates dangerous rash judgement.

The issues of pairings are crucial to the effective governing of the country.

All governments of any political hue are entitled to these arrangements to ensure the good of everybody in a democracy.

Enda Kennys clear contempt for and confusion surrounding these elementary political matters is astounding.

Once again Enda Kenny puts personal ambition above the good of the country and demonstrates his utter unfitness to be leader of any political party let alone Taoiseach of the country.
Enda is a farce at this stage. FG don't seem to think things through at all. It seems they're all in such a rush to issue a press release about their latest brain fart that they lose all ability to see the long term consequences. This is something they have accused the government of before, yet Enda has displayed it time and time again. Their nonsense bank plan, Enda having no idea of FG's water policy, the seanad abolition nonsense and now this... among others.
 

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Look its clear Enda Kenny is all over the place on this issue.

Once again he demonstrates dangerous rash judgement.

The issues of pairings are crucial to the effective governing of the country.

All governments of any political hue are entitled to these arrangements to ensure the good of everybody in a democracy.

Enda Kennys clear contempt for and confusion surrounding these elementary political matters is astounding.

Once again Enda Kenny puts personal ambition above the good of the country and demonstrates his utter unfitness to be leader of any political party let alone Taoiseach of the country.
You need to cop yourself on.
460,000 unemployed, 70,000 graduates unemployed, 70,000 annual emigration, Anglo, NAMA, Deficit €20,000,000,000, Real national Debt 160 Billion Euro. Get into the real Ireland. Wonder you don't blame Kenny for all this as well.
 

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Enda is a farce at this stage. FG don't seem to think things through at all. It seems they're all in such a rush to issue a press release about their latest brain fart that they lose all ability to see the long term consequences. This is something they have accused the government of before, yet Enda has displayed it time and time again. Their nonsense bank plan, Enda having no idea of FG's water policy, the seanad abolition nonsense and now this... among others.
Who thought these through?
460,000 unemployed, 70,000 graduates unemployed, 70,000 annual emigration, Anglo, NAMA|,Deficit €20,000,000,000, Real national Debt 160 Billion Euro.
 

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You need to cop yourself on.
460,000 unemployed, 70,000 graduates unemployed, 70,000 annual emigration, Anglo, NAMA, Deficit €20,000,000,000, Real national Debt 160 Billion Euro. Get into the real Ireland. Wonder you don't blame Kenny for all this as well.
going by kennys latest antics if he ever gets his hands on the tiller it will be worse
 

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Who thought these through?
460,000 unemployed, 70,000 graduates unemployed, 70,000 annual emigration, Anglo, NAMA|,Deficit €20,000,000,000, Real national Debt 160 Billion Euro.
Eah... you're kind of missing the point there.
 

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But Labour cant form a gvt on their own...they wont have the numbers... they were right to agree to pairing also R. Shorthall was destroyed on V.B. last week not one sound answer re policies
 

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The polls show that circa 22% of the population is completely and utterly insane. How could any intelligent person vote for those who have bankrupted you and your children?

Enda Kenny could be the Anti-Christ (as Sir Tony tells us he is) but he couldn't possibly damage us as much as the blank cheque people we currently have.
 

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going by kennys latest antics if he ever gets his hands on the tiller it will be worse
This country is BANKRUPT in everything but name. It is a laughing stock. Kenny did not bankrupt the country. People couldn't care less about pairing. They are worried about a clapped out semi bankrupt economy.
These are what matter:
460,000 unemployed, 70,000 graduates unemployed, 70,000 annual emigration, Anglo, NAMA, Deficit €20,000,000,000, Real national Debt 160 Billion Euro. That is the real disaster for which neither Kenny nor FG can be blamed.
 
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But Labour cant form a gvt on their own...they wont have the numbers... they were right to agree to pairing also R. Shorthall was destroyed on V.B. last week not one sound answer re policies
Get this into your head:
460,000 unemployed, 70,000 graduates unemployed, 70,000 annual emigration, Anglo, NAMA, Deficit €20,000,000,000, Real national Debt 160 Billion Euro.
These are what matter. Neither FG nor Kenny have responsibility for this. You can talk to yourself until the cows come home but the economic reality will not change.
 

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Punchdrunk, stop spamming the thread.
 

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FG is a party spilt, Enda Kenny et all @ 48% wanting to keep FF in power, 52% wanting to do whats best for the country. Sadly the 48% are in control.
 

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Get this into your head:
460,000 unemployed, 70,000 graduates unemployed, 70,000 annual emigration, Anglo, NAMA, Deficit €20,000,000,000, Real national Debt 160 Billion Euro.
These are what matter. Neither FG nor Kenny have responsibility for this. You can talk to yourself until the cows come home but the economic reality will not change.
FG know well that the numbers do not add up. However, Kenny and his mates fancy putting their bums on the mercs and fancy government jets for a while, so they will pretend that they can sort the problems with their magic wand.
 


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