Light­bulb­mo­ment forWex­fordTD

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Q: How many min­is­ters does it take to change a light­bulb?

A: The re­al­ity is, and let us be per­fectly clear about this, we all recog­nise the im­por­tance of light­bulbs and that is why we are even more de­ter­mined to nearly meet our light­bulb tar­get al­most as soon as we get the re­port from the scop­ing com­mit­tee ad­vis­ing on the struc­ture of the ex­pert group to be es­tab­lished un­der the chair­man­ship of re­tired Ms Jus­tice Who­ev­ers­free to ex­am­ine ex­pres­sions of in­ter­est from stake­hold­ers in the chan­de­lier pil­lar groups in part­ner­ship with in­can­des­cent civic so­ci­ety with a view to join­ing the Taoiseach and in­signif­i­cant oth­ers at a big launch be­fore lunch in Gov­ern­ment Build­ings in time for the one o’clock news.

So, how many min­is­ters does it take to change a light­bulb?

None. You couldn’t let them any­where near electrics.

No. A clever press ad­viser will do the job.

When Minister for Com­mu­ni­ca­tions, Cli­mate Ac­tion and En­vi­ron­ment Richard Bru­ton joined the Taoiseach at the Gov­ern­ment’s lat­est Pro­ject 2040 launch in Mer­rion Street re­cently – the one about the ¤500 mil­lion Cli­mate Ac­tion Fund, he an­nounced the pro­vi­sion of ¤17.5 mil­lion for the retrofitting of pub­lic light­ing.

All very laud­able, but how does this re­late to the man and woman back in the con­stituen­cies?

For­mer Indo re­porter Niall O’Con­nor, who is now press ad­viser to Paul Ke­hoe, the Minister of State for De­fence, was quick off the mark to see the po­ten­tial for his boss.

Im­me­di­ately af­ter the an­nounce­ment, bright spark O’Con­nor had his own light­bulb mo­ment and he lobbed in a query to Bru­ton’s depart­ment.

And Ke­hoe was able to sup­ply the Wex­ford me­dia with a good news an­nounce­ment: “New fund­ing pro­vided to Wex­ford county will see the up­grade of up to 12,000 pub­lic lights across Wex­ford.”

On foot of the Gov­ern­ment’s plan to retro­fit 326,000 pub­lic lights around the coun­try, “Minister Ke­hoe said he un­der­stands around 12,000 lights will fall un­der this scheme in Wex­ford. Poor pub­lic light­ing can cause peo­ple, par­tic­u­larly el­derly peo­ple, to feel un­safe. This will pro­vide a peace of mind to many com­mu­ni­ties and en­sure that our streets are bet­ter lit.” 12,000. That’s a nice round fig­ure.

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