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Minister for Transport Shane Ross has described the potential Brexit impact as a ‘geopolitical, economic earthquake’.

23/01/2017 | Irish Times | The cancellation of flights from Donegal to Glasgow, Scotland,
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Irish Water and CIE quangos are just tax collectors

It costs an arm and a leg to come within an ass’s roar of the National Transport Authority.
Try it. A call to the quango that rubber-stamped the bus and train fare increases last week put the fear of God into me.

Quango veteran Des is back in his old haunts

The scene: tomorrow at the department of Public Expenditure and Reform. A meeting between Public Expenditure Minister Brendan Howlin and ace Central Banker Des Geraghty.

I don’t know about art – but I know what I like

God knows why John McNulty was so eager to be a member of the board of IMMA. The quango – grandly dubbed the Irish Museum of Modern Art – is hardly the obvious place for a man who describes himself as a “businessman”.
Indeed, IMMA is a bit of mystery.

By George! It’s air fare lady…

LAST Thursday morning George Bernard Shaw was groaning in his grave.
The socialist champion of the far left Fabian cause would have been horrified. The playwright who left a third of his royalties to Ireland’s National Gallery would be shaking with disbelief. The Stalinist sympathiser who loathed the free market would have had a right to feel betrayed.

Mandarins Maintain Veil of Secrecy

DO you detect the hidden hand of the mandarins in the current Freedom of Information shenanigans?
Mandarins love secrecy. Freedom of Information is a dagger in their hearts, a citizens’ disease seen by them as promoted by populist politicians.

Safety goes off the Rails at CIE

COME back John Lynch, all is forgiven. Remember John? The former executive chairman of CIE? We gave the poor guy plenty of stick in this column during his time in office.

Somers’ Season at Planet Plutocrat

I RARELY meet bank directors these days. David Duffy, the 10- grand-a-week boss at AIB refuses to return my calls. I spot distant Bank of Ireland directors, like Richie Boucher, high on the platform at their AGMs.
I used to bump into Anglo chairman Alan Dukes in Leinster House – but he has not been so visible since he lost his sinecure.

No Bonus Bonfire at AIB or ESB

DID you miss the wonderful news in the Budget? You did? Well, the pay of semi-state bosses is to be capped at €250,000.

Welcome to the brave new world of sharing the burden. In this time of poverty, even Ireland’s oligarchs must limit themselves to five grand a week.

And if you believe that, you will believe anything.
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