Noel Dempsey the Irish Minister for Transport has just arrived back in the country after more than a week of freezing temperatures and transport chaos in Ireland, all which Minister Dempsey observed from sunny and warm Malta. You see the Minister was on holidays. With the country in a state of emergency he bravely put his sun tan first and decided not to come home. Dempsey is interviewed in the Sunday Independent today saying:
I don't want to bring my family into this -- they are very private -- but, you know, I am entitled to have a family life as well.
Which is true, but no one said the Minister should bring his whole family home, the country would have been happy if just he himself had managed to put in an appearance in his office. After all, given how much he gets paid it would have been nice if he showed up to help coordinate a response to what is likely to be the biggest transport crisis in his time as Minister for Transport.
My favourite quote from the, I suspect soon to be former, Minister has to be:
"Politically, it's a lot of hoo-haa, a lot of nonsense," he said from the airport in Valetta, where he was stranded most of yesterday.
Yeah Minister, secret Fine Gael squads have been driving around the country in the middle of the night throwing fake snow everywhere just to make you look bad.
I think it's time for a cabinet reshuffle. Cowen could appoint Dempsey to a job more suited to his lifestyle. Perhaps Minister for Holidays or maybe Minster for Sun Tans though perhaps we could just appoint him Ambassador to Malta and he can feck off back where he came from and let someone else run the Department of Transport.