Taoiseach wont say yet what he told Secretary General to tell Callinan

first_imgUpdated 11.20pmTHE TAOISEACH WAS asked tonight what he said to Justice Department general secretary Brian Purcell when he sent him to speak to the former Garda Commissioner about the taping of phone calls in garda stations.He also said that the government will take action on the medical cards issue after this weekend’s elections.Brian PurcellA day after Purcell and Martin Callinan met, Callinan resigned from his role as Commissioner.This evening, the Taoiseach said that the Commission of Investigation into the tapes will look at the resignation of Callinan.When asked by Brian Dobson on RTÉ Six One News if he would publicly say this evening what he told Purcell before he sent him to meet Callinan, the Taoiseach said he would not.However, he said that if he is called before the Commission of Investigation, he will “respond fully” to them on the issue.Kenny said that the Commission will be up and running soon.Medical cardsThe Taoiseach was also asked about medical cards during the interview. He said he hopes that the “vast majority” of people who have had their discretionary medical cards removed will get the cards back.He said that the government “will deal with this after the election” and that they want to see the review of discretionary cards changed, as well as the assessment process changed.Meanwhile, the Jack & Jill Foundation said that it pledges to continue to fight for automatic medical cards.Jonathan Irwin, CEO and founder of the foundation, said that they have sent a request for an urgent meeting with the Minister for Health, James Reilly.The foundation is asking families with children over the age of four who were supported by Jack & Jill to let it know about their status with medical cards. The information will also be shared with the Children’s Rights Alliance, the Ombudsman Peter Tyndall and the Ombudsman for Children Emily Logan.“We will trigger complaints legally both locally and beyond until we get a result,” said Irwin.- First published 7.50pmRead: Mary Lou’s 20-minute wonder underlines the need for top official to explain Gardagate – for his own sake>last_img read more

3 Irish families had the British and Irish Lions over for dinner

first_imgBeers for Martin Doyle, fruit juice for the Lions, as the host espouses the tasty benefits of Dairygold. (©INPHO/Dan Sheridan)Martin and Doreen Doyle show the lads the gutters that need clearing. Mako does not look at all keen. (©INPHO/Dan Sheridan)It would be devastating if Leinster lost the Pro12 Final – Cian HealyUlster’s landmark season ‘all for nothing’ if final is lost, says Best THE LIONS LAND ROVERS set off from Carton House yesterday evening and soon crunched up the gravel driveways of three Irish families.The Hamilton, Doyle and Yates clans welcomed British and Irish Lions players over to theirs for dinner and lively conversation as part of the ‘Host the Pride’ promotion.Decked out in the chequered shirts that appear to be standard issue [apart from captain Sam Warburton in his official polo top], the Lions, split into groups of two, knocked on doors and presented the host families with some choice bottles of red wine.The Yates family welcomed Scotland (via New Zealand) winger Sean Maitland and Wales fullback Leigh Halfpenny:‘Hands out of your pockets Mr Maitland’. (©INPHO/Billy Stickland)The Lyons family, with Ronan Donagher and Keira Coote on hand to help with the washing up, greeted Wales hooker Richie Hibbard and Ireland’s own Conor Murray:Ronan Donagher, Eugene, Owen, Ann and Emma Lyons, Helen Hamilton and Keira Coote with Hibbard and Murray. (©INPHO/Dan Sheridan) ‘I thought Richie was bringing the opener’. (©INPHO/Dan Sheridan)The Doyles had their house looking spick-and-span for the visit of Warburton and England prop Mako Vunipola:Dogs love Captain Sam. (©INPHO/Dan Sheridan)last_img read more