SMOKES & DAG­GERS

A mis­chievous mix of (mostly) news

The Irish Mail on Sunday - - COMMENT -

FIANNA Fáil’s Dar­ragh O’Brien was com­pre­hen­sively gazumped by Se­na­tor Lor­raine Clifford at the FF thinkin. Lor­raine, who ‘shares’ the con­stituency with him, greeted all FF del­e­gates with a de­light­ful gift of crisps and choco­late. Dar­ragh, by con­trast, ar­rived bear­ing a hand­shake and a how are you. One TD said: ‘He’ll have to be buy­ing a fair few pints tonight to catch up with that.’

IN HIS weekly video mes­sage, Leo Varad­kar was speak­ing from Stepa­side Ed­u­cate To­gether National

school on the topic of cap­i­tal in­vest­ment in schools na­tion­wide. He lauded a €12m in­vest­ment over the next 10 years. The only prob­lem is, it’s €12bn. The mis­take was even cap­tioned, mak­ing you won­der who checked the video be­fore re­lease.

THE Taoiseach was also in a Gaelscoil in Bal­brig­gan ear­lier in the day. He

was brought into a wood­work class for about 10 min­utes. As he was leav­ing, hav­ing failed to talk di­rectly to any of the ea­ger pupils – and also re­fus­ing to pose with any wood­work tools – it was sug­gested to him that he might want to, you

know, speak to the kids. He then de­liv­ered an off-the-cuff 30-sec­ond speech in Ir­ish, to no­body in par­tic­u­lar, be­fore walk­ing out. One of the teens turned to Smokes and asked: ‘Sin é?’

FOR­MER min­is­ter Lucinda Creighton, pic­tured, was ap­pointed to the board of Horse Rac­ing Ire­land this week. But reg­u­lar read­ers will know all about this, as we told you it was go­ing to hap­pen in this space, in Au­gust. So what next? A tilt at Europe? Don’t say we didn’t warn you.

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