Elsewhere last week, the Minister of State Joe O'Brien, in a written response to a parliamentary question (from Michael Lowry TD), confirmed that department of Social Protection officials have written to Fórsa and SIPTU setting out the terms of a "full and final" settlement for CE supervisors and assistant supervisors. He said the total value of the financial package "now on the table" is in excess of €24 million.
I once met the entertainer Lionel Blair in a newsagents in Belfast. It was about 20+ years ago. He was gigging across the road in the Grand Opera House. He was utterly charming, very funny, and loading up with sweets and chocolate before the show. True story. When I learned of his passing last Thursday I recalled our brief meeting and this clip from Ricky Gervais's Extras.