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Monday, 10 April 2017

Irish Times parrot Patrick O'Donovan's false claim

Patrick O'Donovan is whining that he hasn't been delegated any ministerial functions by Minister Ross in the Department of Transport Tourism and Sport and the Irish Times repeated his claims without checking.

Minister in state as Shane Ross fails to delegate functions - Irish Times Mar 11, 2017 by Sarah Bardon

Correspondence released to The Irish Times under the Freedom of Information Act shows that Mr O’Donovan told Mr Ross the refusal to delegate functions is causing “confusion” within the department and asked for it to be urgently addressed, claiming he is the only Minister of State to be in this position.
His key claim seems to be wrong, he says that he is the only Minister of State not to have been delegated functions but afaik Eoghan Murhpy has not been either, other wise it would appear here Irish Statute Book

Isn't it strange how the Sarah Bardon of the Irish Times made the same claim a few weeks before.

Ross drink-driving crackdown to be blocked by Fianna Fáil
Feb 22, 2017, 01:00 Sarah Bardon
Mr O’Donovan is the only Minister of State not to have delegated powers
I complained to the readersrep and editor of the Irish Times and they tried to prevaricate by saying they were waiting for a reply from the Finance Department about what powers had been assigned to MOS Eoghan Muprhy, but they didn't need to ask the Department of Finance just look for the Statutory Instruments, delegated powers has a specific meaning, it does not mean assignment of areas of responsibilities as suggested by Irish Times editor Eoin McVey in his reply to me, because Patrick O'Donovan has already been assigned areas of responsibilty see Dail Question 14 February 2017. If the sentence isn't true it should be corrected.
A spokeswoman for Mr Ross said... said there was no precedent in the department to delegate functions, pointing to a similar situation between former minister for transport Paschal Donohoe and minister of state Michael Ring.
This is correct, you can search all Statutory Instruments related to delegated of functions on the OPAC library.

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