Archive for December 15th, 2008

Not so swimmingly

Roche held at gunpoint during Co Wicklow hotel robbery – The Irish Times – Mon, Dec 15, 2008

Mr Roche (61) had a gun held to his back at the Co Wicklow hotel complex, his spokesman confirmed.
Mr Roche was with his official driver at the time and both were shaken by the incident.

“Mr Roche was returning from a daily swim at the hotel’s pool when he was approached from behind and had a gun shoved into his back,” his spokesman said.

“He was forced into a room with his driver and other staff members. Obviously he is shaken by the incident but is currently helping gardaí with their inquiries,” the spokesman added. The Druids Glen Golf Resort is located just 30 minutes south of Dublin.

First, my sympathies to Dick Roche and the others who were held hostage, which must be a terrifying experience.

It’s a sad day when a government minister can’t take a daily swim in a five star hotel without some dudes with guns coming along and ruining the morning. If there was a public swimming pool within ten miles of where I live and I was able to get there in the mornings before going to work, I know I’d be really pissed off if someone did something like that to me.

If the Irish people had voted Yes in the Lisbon treaty, this would never have happened, you know.

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Leather for Hell

BBC NEWS | Middle East | Shoes thrown at Bush on Iraq trip

Al-Baghdadiya’s bureau chief told the Associated Press that he had no idea what prompted Mr Zaidi to attack President Bush, although reports say he was once kidnapped by a militia and beaten up.

No, I’ve no idea either.


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