SMOKES & DAG­GERS

The Irish Mail on Sunday - - COMMENT -

THE Taoiseach was a busy man yes­ter­day, an­nounc­ing 187 jobs in Wick­low be­fore open­ing a 20km walk­way at Vartry Reser­voir in Round­wood. While mak­ing the jobs an­nounce­ment at Pow­er­scourt House, he met a bride and groom who were get­ting their pic­tures taken. He posed with them and promptly shared the photo on Twit­ter, right. What’s great about the pic – apart from the fact Leo keeps his sun­glasses on – is his mes­sage. ‘Ac­ci­den­tal wed­ding crasher. Con­grats to the happy cou­ple,’ he told his 164,000 on­line fol­low­ers. Just one thing: did you not catch their names, Taoiseach? STILL with Leo, he got flak on­line for his trib­ute to the 170-year-old SMOKES pities the RTÉ man­darin deal­ing with the fall­out from the Claire Byrne Show abor­tion de­bate, which an­gered many Yes cam­paign­ers. Our RTÉ sources tell us the let­ters of com­plaint are ‘past the 1,300 mark and still ris­ing’. The poor pub­lic ser­vant must be glad the ref­er­en­dum was car­ried, or he would never have been seen again un­der the weight of all the let­ters. The un­for­tu­nate has been given a nick­name: Arthur Mur­phy. He of RTÉ Mailbag fame. THERE was fu­ri­ous spec­u­la­tion dur­ing the week that David Davis was about to quit as Brexit sec­re­tary over his dis­pute with Theresa May about the back­stop deal on the Irish bor­der. It in­spired a tweet from one Dun­can Wel­don, a mar­kets ex­pert: ‘Hear­ing that DD was go­ing to re­sign but as­sumed he could keep his min­ste­rial car and salary un­der a be­spoke deal which turned out not to be avail­able.’ THE lat­est en­croach­ment of the sec­u­lar­ists on Catholic pri­mary schools – a ban on re­quir­ing bap­tismal certs for reg­is­tra­tion – left one con­ser­va­tive TD in quite the state of ag­i­ta­tion. He grum­bled: ‘What next, the An­gelus, The Sun­day Game, the 99 ice-cream cone? Where does it stop?’ We chose not to re­mind him that this will be the last Cham­pi­onship for Michael Lys­ter, left. Too painful…

Ore­gon maple tree in Trin­ity Col­lege’s front square that col­lapsed this week. The Taoiseach – who was ac­cused of shed­ding croc­o­dile tears over Cer­vi­calCheck – tweeted: ‘Re­ally sad. Loved that tree.’ We won’t add to the de­ri­sion. Af­ter all, given how so­cially awk­ward Leo can be, show­ing em­pa­thy for an­other liv­ing thing, any liv­ing thing, is a sign of progress.

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