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The Indo reporting that team Leo organised fundraising events in recent months, including one on Tuesday night last week at an exclusive private members' club in Dublin city centre. The event was hosted by Thomas Lynch who is believed to have made a small fortune through his involvement in the pharma sector.

Mr Lynch is currently chairperson of the Dublin East Hospital Group whose remit includes St Vincent's University Hospital (He was appointed to chair the hospital group by former health minister James Reilly in 2013) and the National Maternity Hospital. "He is also chair of Icon plc, one of the world's largest clinical research organisations and has a colourful CV including a period as chief financial officer at drugs firm Elan."

A select group were invited to the plush Stephen's Green Hibernian Club, a members only venue, it has "the comfort and privacy you would expect of Ireland's premier private members club". The members of this remaining select group are unknown.
Businessman hosts 'secret supper' fundraiser for Varadkar - Independent.ie

Of course, politicians courting the wealthy and influential (and vice versa) isn't new in Ireland, but is it still acceptable in Irish politics today and going into the future? Is there any conflict of interest and should all these fundraisers be open and transparent to begin with rather than secretive and behind closed doors?
 
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The Indo reporting that team Leo organised fundraising events in recent months, including one on Tuesday night last week at an exclusive private members' club in Dublin city centre. The event was hosted by Thomas Lynch who is believed to have made a small fortune through his involvement in the pharma sector.

Mr Lynch is currently chairperson of the Dublin East Hospital Group whose remit includes St Vincent's University Hospital (He was appointed to chair the hospital group by former health minister James Reilly in 2013) and the National Maternity Hospital. "He is also chair of Icon plc, one of the world's largest clinical research organisations and has a colourful CV including a period as chief financial officer at drugs firm Elan."

A select group were invited to the plush Stephen's Green Hibernian Club, a members only venue, it has "the comfort and privacy you would expect of Ireland's premier private members club". The members of this remaining select group are unknown.
Businessman hosts 'secret supper' fundraiser for Varadkar - Independent.ie

Of course, politicians courting the wealthy and influential (and vice versa) isn't new in Ireland, but is it still acceptable in Irish politics today and going into the future? Is there any conflict of interest and should all these fundraisers be open and transparent to begin with rather than secretive and behind closed doors?
Don't FG hold most of their fundraisers in London?
It's where they go to be told how to run their election campaign.

Keep the recovery going and all that tosh....
 

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I'd have arranged an invite for you if I had known that you were interested, Ger.

Mind you, by the time you'd had your hair done, bought a nearly new frock in the charity shop in Kells and got the bus to Dublin, you probably wouldn't have had much change left from your €150 monthly allowance.
 

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Of course, politicians courting the wealthy and influential (and vice versa) isn't new in Ireland, but is it still acceptable in Irish politics today and going into the future? Is there any conflict of interest and should all these fundraisers be open and transparent to begin with rather than secretive and behind closed doors?
Yes and yes to first two questions and no and no to your last two.
 

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i'd have arranged an invite for you if i had known that you were interested, ger.

Mind you, by the time you'd had your hair done, bought a nearly new frock in the charity shop in kells and got the bus to dublin, you probably wouldn't have had much change left from your €150 monthly allowance.
oh no you di'nt!!!!!
 

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Don't FG hold most of their fundraisers in London?
It's where they go to be told how to run their election campaign.

Keep the recovery going and all that tosh....
Such an influential player in big pharma courting the likely next Taoiseach, what's that all about one should ask.

Leo has form here. "About 130 people attended the sit-down dinner in aid of Fine Gael’s Dublin West constituency organisation at Town Bar & Grill in Kildare Street on Thursday night. Varadkar has refused to name those who attended but they are said to have included business people, lobbyists and representatives of phone companies and banking."
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/fine-gael-accused-of-cronyism-c28f7lp23n9
 

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We need to have strict limits on all political contributions.

Would hate it to become like America.

€1,000 maximum contribution per donor.

No money from anyone not on the electoral roll.
 

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Don't FG hold most of their fundraisers in London?
It's where they go to be told how to run their election campaign.

Keep the recovery going and all that tosh....[/QUOTE]

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Not the first time Leo has been in the Dinny rag in relation to fundraising. He was one of FG's main fundraisers in the run up to the 2011 General Election. Leo loves his fundraising dinners in and around Dame Street/Trinity College area of Dublin. Big Business, Pharma, Lobyists and politicians can rub shoulders and coins together. So Leo has graduated from raising funds for FG to receiving funds from others.


As for keeping the recovery going, now that Pinocchio and his Finance Minister are on the way out details of the true tax take are leaking out and "mystifying" Noonan and Revenue Employees. E268 million behind expected figure even though the unemployment figure is at 6%.
As one head scratcher within the Dept wondered, are most of the new jobs minimum waged.
 

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I'd have arranged an invite for you if I had known that you were interested, Ger.

Mind you, by the time you'd had your hair done, bought a nearly new frock in the charity shop in Kells and got the bus to Dublin, you probably wouldn't have had much change left from your €150 monthly allowance.
No need for that, we already know that FG are way to far stuffed up their own little brown roses to give a monkey's about anyone else.
 

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The Indo reporting that team Leo organised fundraising events in recent months, including one on Tuesday night last week at an exclusive private members' club in Dublin city centre. The event was hosted by Thomas Lynch who is believed to have made a small fortune through his involvement in the pharma sector.

Mr Lynch is currently chairperson of the Dublin East Hospital Group whose remit includes St Vincent's University Hospital (He was appointed to chair the hospital group by former health minister James Reilly in 2013) and the National Maternity Hospital. "He is also chair of Icon plc, one of the world's largest clinical research organisations and has a colourful CV including a period as chief financial officer at drugs firm Elan."

A select group were invited to the plush Stephen's Green Hibernian Club, a members only venue, it has "the comfort and privacy you would expect of Ireland's premier private members club". The members of this remaining select group are unknown.
Businessman hosts 'secret supper' fundraiser for Varadkar - Independent.ie

Of course, politicians courting the wealthy and influential (and vice versa) isn't new in Ireland, but is it still acceptable in Irish politics today and going into the future? Is there any conflict of interest and should all these fundraisers be open and transparent to begin with rather than secretive and behind closed doors?
Miriam Lord wrote about that Hibernian one, didn't she?
Team Simon people who showed up being thrown out?
 

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Miriam Lord wrote about that Hibernian one, didn't she?
Team Simon people who showed up being thrown out?
I didn't see that, have you a link by chance?

Odd, the roars in relation to the Galway tent in past seem to be forgotten.

At least everyone knew who the developers were in that tent, seems a more hush hush affair now.
 

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Upset Coveney supporter starts thread on Leo courting the wealth.
I look forward to your thread on the inherited wealth of 'The Merchant Prince' Simon and his round the world yacht trip in his own boat! Oh, mention too his inherited seat...and his hanging out with Goldman Sachs/BP/Bilderberg's very own Peter Sutherland.

Joke
 

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Upset Coveney supporter starts thread on Leo courting the wealth.
I look forward to your thread on the inherited wealth of 'The Merchant Prince' Simon and his round the world yacht trip in his own boat! Oh, mention too his inherited seat
Not upset, nor surprised.

I guess I could have started a thread on Vlads using his position to move a maternity hospital to his constituency on the pretext of co-locating it with an adult hospital which simply doesn't have the resources, expertise or facilities that make co-location worthwhile (and save lives), but I'll leave that for another day.

What's he doing courting these guys? Where is he intending taking our health service?
 

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What's he doing courting these guys? Where is he intending taking our health service?
He intends to take our health service to where every Govt for the past 30 years has taken it....no where worth talking about it and crossed fingers that it doesn't blow up on his watch before passkng it to the next politician who couldn't care less either
 
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He intends to take our health service to where every Govt for the past 30 years has taken it....no where worth talking about it and crossed fingers that it doesn;t blow up on his watch before pasisng it to the next politician who couldn't care less either
Seems he's taking it to his constituency, just like Bertie did.
 

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We need to have strict limits on all political contributions.

Would hate it to become like America.

€1,000 maximum contribution per donor.

No money from anyone not on the electoral roll.
Better yet just fund it from ta funds, that would level the playing field and keep costs down (if we had an absolute limit per candidate of 1,000 say).
 

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I dont support putting Big Pharma on a state board.
 


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