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Snouts in the Trough


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A new book by Ken Foxe, Public Affairs Correspondent of The Sunday Tribune about political expenses book called Snouts in the Trough which will be published later this week by Gill & Macmillan.
They were all at it
• €21,500 spent by government on one night's stay in a five-star Italian hotel for funeral of Pope
• A deluxe room for Mary Harney had cost €1,200, and another €765 was spent on a room for her private secretary – with all other names blacked out.
• A large suite was booked for President McAleese, and is listed under the name of her husband Martin, at a cost of €3,198
• Enda Kenny, who was a special guest of the government, and for whom a deluxe room was also booked on the bill, which came to €1,200.
• Rooms were also booked on behalf of a number of government advisers and senior civil servants including Mandy Johnston, Wally Young, Olive Melvin and Dermot McCarthy. Those rooms cost a minimum of €740 for "standard" accommodation for the night and up to €1,200 a night for other government officials.

Such was the size of the bill, civil servants queried many of the costs, believing they had been charged excessively.

Hotel room for President cost taxpayer


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Iarmhi Gael

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• Enda Kenny, who was a special guest of the government, and for whom a deluxe room was also booked on the bill, which came to €1,200.]

So a room was booked for Enda Kenny by the government. Lets get this straight

Enda Kenny had no involvement in any of the arrangements in relation to the visit
 

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Why teh hell was it necessary fro all of these people to go to taht funeral?
 

flavirostris

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The bull must have been on that gig. Probably took out a whole wing of the Sistine Chapel for himself and Kate-Ann. borne on golden thrones to their quarters by a unit of the Swiss Guard
 

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Why teh hell was it necessary fro all of these people to go to taht funeral?
"taht funeral" was for the leader of the Catholic world.

Is Enda Kenny not Catholic?

Were we as a (Catholic) nation not right to send a delegation including an important public representive like Enda?

Why do you use the word "hell" by the way, in a post with almost all other words spelt incorrectly?

Surely shome mishtake on your part?:confused:
 
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Given that almost every other country including those who were NON CATHOLIC sent huge delegations to the Pope's funeral then the bitterness that seems to be expressed is a surprise or is it just another anti Catholic thread.
 

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The biggest profit making enterprise in this country, was taxes to the public purse. Selling overpriced property to each other became the Golden Goose.

Our political elite thought they had cracked it, they thought they had found the elixer to riches, without ever having had a plan or needing to work. The ultimate pyrimid scheme.

They believed that they were now, Irelands Monarchy. They believed that they could now, live a priviliged lifestyle on the back of the hard work of others.

They should pay for their extravagance with a pension reduced to 50k a year, with no lump sum payment.
 

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Given that almost every other country including those who were NON CATHOLIC sent huge delegations to the Pope's funeral then the bitterness that seems to be expressed is a surprise or is it just another anti Catholic thread.

In fairness, I thought the thrust of the thread was more to do with the 'catholic' nature of the expenses as opposed to the gig attended.
 

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Given that almost every other country including those who were NON CATHOLIC sent huge delegations to the Pope's funeral then the bitterness that seems to be expressed is a surprise or is it just another anti Catholic thread.
Not in the slightest. There is a new book out, and there is a 4 page spread this week on pages 28-31 entitled How Mary Harney's jet-set lifestyle cost us all a fortune
I couldn't find the link earlier on for this section. This post is not another anti catholic post, just anti rotten politics

How Mary Harney's jet-set lifestyle cost us all a fortune
 

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Given that almost every other country including those who were NON CATHOLIC sent huge delegations to the Pope's funeral then the bitterness that seems to be expressed is a surprise or is it just another anti Catholic thread.
So how did they all manage to get booked into a 5 star hotel during the busiest time ever in Roman history? Got lucky on expedia.co.uk?
 
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In fairness, I thought the thrust of the thread was more to do with the 'catholic' nature of the expenses as opposed to the gig attended.
Given the million plus in Rome pre and post funeral the surprise was that they actually got a hotel not located as close as Florence.

I know of many people who travelled there who slept in school halls.
 

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Why couldn't they stay at the Irish Embassador's residence in Rome? And did we really need all those people attending, even if they were Catholic? The President and the head of the Catholic Church in Ireland should have been enough.
 

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I know of many people who travelled there who slept in school halls.
Not O'Donoghue though, I'd say..unless it was in the school of Art on a bed of finest goose down, draped with a Michaelangelo designed duvet
 

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So how did they all manage to get booked into a 5 star hotel during the busiest time ever in Roman history? Got lucky on expedia.co.uk?
Johnny Ronan/NAMA probably owned most of the 5 star Hotels in the immediate vicinity.

Sure why not, they were borrowing with a state backed guarantee.
 

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