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Well Done GAA

The RTE 'Fly on the Wall' documentary on Croke Park included several episodes in the kitchens and restaurants which were altogether more dramatic than anything that happened on the field. Chefs shouted at each other, were accused of not producing enough mashed potato on time and buzzed about the place with a lot more animation than anyone in security or administration, with the possible exception of radio commenator Micheal O Muireacheartaigh.

The most memorable sound-bite however was when the head chef asked his deputy how the lamb was doing and was assured that all was well and the meat was in the oven.

'How are you cooking it ?' asked the HC

'Medium rare'

'Make it well done' replied the HC, as he moved towards the service door. 'The GAA doesn't do medium rare'.

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Bureaucracy Rules

Just what is Martin Cullen up to ?

He takes on board Matthew Ryan's brights idea of extending the Irish Senior Citizens Free Travel Scheme to UK visitors of a similar vintage- and then turns it into a bureaucratic stew. The Budget announcement that Failte Ireland and Irish Rail are to produce some form of discount scheme for UK seniors smacks of complication and confusion. What was wrong with merely inviting these most welcome and high spending visitors to show simple photo ID with their age as a means of qualifying for free public transport ?. Such a scheme would be simplicity itself to operate and if it included Bus Eireann and private bus servces it would enable UK seniors to visit places not served by the rail network. Aircoach already carries Irish OAPs free on its services and gets paid by simply recording their pass numbers. Something similar could surely apply in the case of our UK visitors.

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