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In its front-page headline piece on her nomination today, the Irish Times makes no mention of Máire Geoghegan-Quinn's dubious track record of running a parallel system of Justice whilst Minister for Justice.  It is as if a collective vow of Omertà has been taken not to say anything negative about her past record for fear of damaging her prospects of securing an influential portfolio.  Even the opposition parties haven't mentioned the issue focusing instead on the Ganley angle:

Taoiseach nominates Geoghegan Quinn for Europe - The Irish Times - Wed, Nov 18, 2009

Fine Gael spokeswoman on European Affairs Lucinda Creighton congratulated the new commissioner but said her relationship with Declan Ganley would have to be clarified. "The Taoiseach needs to come out immediately and clarify whether Máire Geoghegan-Quinn as a former
minister for communications sat on the board of one or more of Declan Ganley's companies, and if so, which companies, for how long and in what capacity."

This to me is largely a non issue, because her involvement with the Ganley group came after her retirement from politics and long before his involvement in politics.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Tue Nov 17th, 2009 at 08:52:29 PM EST

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