Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Aid Worker Back Home

There were joyous scenes at Baldonnell airport late Sunday night as the government jet landed with freed Goal worker Sharon Commins. Great news indeed and I thought it was particularly poignant to see an emotional Goal boss John O'Shea there. My sister worked for him in Kosovo and she always said how he was obsessed with the safety of his volunteers. And you could tell by listening to him on the radio over the last three months as he tried to keep Sharon's abduction on the agenda that he was traumatised by the whole episode. Minister for Foreign Affairs Micheal Martin played a blinder throughout the whole event and is probably the only cabinet minister with any sort of popularity right now. Even though I didn't like his enthusiastic gratitude toward the genocidal Sudanese government as they probably sanctioned the kidnapping in the first place. But if providing them with some positive press was the price for Sharon's release then it was worth it. Watch her homecoming below.

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