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The many moods of Paschal Donohoe

It’s been an emotional year for the transport and tourism minister.

IT’S A TOUGH job sometimes, being tourism minister.

In relative terms, that is…

More than any other ministerial brief, the gig requires an especially high level of standing about next to people (and things) and getting your photograph taken.

Michael Noonan, for instance, is rarely asked to stand looking at young women balancing on their hands in Stephen’s Green – all the while pretending it’s the most natural way in the world to be spending the afternoon.

The transport gig isn’t any less fraught with potentially unfortunate photo-ops, either. At least every couple of weeks, newsrooms around the country are sent pictures of the minister in question sitting at some road safety conference, his face a study in concentration, while words like ‘Slow’ and ‘Dangerous’ are projected over his head.

Bearing all that in mind – here’s how the man currently in charge of planes, trains and automobiles, Paschal Donohoe, has been feeling about things in the last 12 months…

Lachrymose

20/8/2015 National Aviation Policies Source: Leah Farrell

Cock-a-hoop

6/8/2015. Tourist Industry Figures Source: RollingNews.ie

Jocose

2/11/2015 Best train station awards Source: Leah Farrell

Sheepish

27/11/2015. New Years Festival Programmes Source: Sam Boal

Sanguine

4/8/2015. New Luas Rail Lines Starts Source: Sam Boal

Irked

13/10/2015. Budget Day 2016

Melancholic

12/11/2015. Be Winter Ready Campaign. Pictured Min

Woebegone

12/11/2015. Be Winter Ready Campaign. Pictured Min Source: Sam Boal

Tired

1/10/2015 Road Safety Campaigns Source: Photocall Ireland

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