What a joyless and jealous species we can be.
A hard-working man takes his family on holiday abroad and breaks no laws.
And is shamed into giving up his job, his passion, his skill and his livelihood.
I am talking here about Failte Ireland Chairman Michael Cawley.
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About whom Ireland’s Tourism Minister Catherine Martin (no, me neither) said…
She was ‘disappointed to learn that the chair of Failte Ireland was holidaying in Italy.’
Before going on: ‘While Italy is on the green list, meaning that people who return from there do not have to restrict their movements…
‘The government has called on people to avoid all non-essential travel.’
And still more: ‘Many of our citizens and residents have followed the guidelines at some personal and financial cost to themselves.’
Before sticking the knife right in: ‘I rang Mr Cawley this morning and he has offered his resignation which I have accepted.
‘I wish to thank Mr Cawley for his service as chair of Failte Ireland.
So Michael Cawley broke no laws nor in fact did anything unethical or any harm to anybody.
Other than those naysayers who do not like the idea of somebody else having what they don’t.
While a Government purporting to represent its people leaves its own Travel industry up the creek without a paddle and facing a complete collapse.
So the message here is support your local travel agent.
And if anyone wants to shame you Michael about going on holiday to Italy, do what I’d do and tell them Vaffanculo.