Showing a candour that is nothing if not refreshing, Labour minister Ann Phelan gave her unvarnished opinion of a radio broadcast she was part of on Monday night, before exiting the studio 15 minutes before show's end.
Phelan, who serves as minister for rural economic development is standing for her seat in Carlow-Kilkenny, and evidently got sick of not being listened to, which I believe is code for “having to answer questions about how utterly demolished Labour will be this time next week”. She announced her exit by curtly declaring "I'm just going to give up here now…I came in here and I've been completely ignored" before telling those in attendance that she was “fed up with the bloody lot of ye”. In fairness, local radio shows are bad enough even when they come on in the car between songs, so it must be ten times worse when you’re actually on one.
If there is one upshot to this rather bad day at the office for Phelan, it’s probably that her desire to be listened to will now finally be granted, as the recording of her exit has already been listened to upwards of 9,000 times. What’s that they say about bad publicity?