Text of Resignation Letter Tendered by Willie O’Dea

Mr O’Dea’s letter

Office of de Minister for Sending Lads to Chad
Oifig an Aire do sheoladh lads go Sead
Department fo Defence
An Roinn Cosanta

18th February 2010

Acting Taoiseach
Mr Brian Cowen T.D.
Department of the Taoiseach
Government Buildings
Upr Merrion Street
Dublin 2

A Thaoisigh ag gníomhú dóibh,

Well, dis is it Brian, we put up a good run of it, but it looks like de bastards have me, and so in accordance wid de Article 28.9.2, of de Constitutin like, I wish to formally tender my resignation as de Minister for Sendin Lads to Chad wid effect from today.

I done my best Brian, jaysis you know dat – dere isn’t another member of de party anywhere in de country dat has done as much as me to maintain my own as well as de party line. All dis I did in de belief dat I was acting honourably (just thought I’d give you a little laugh dere by throwing dat in like). I don’t have to tell you dat I will go to my grave stonewalling on dat interview and feckin affidavit dat caused de bother; I’ve learned my lesson and no mistake. In de future I plan to shoot any journalist dat approaches me. Anyway, I’ll step aside – but as long as de pension and salary is alright, we’s alright, do ye know what I’m saying like? Grand so lads.

I’m probably going too far in saying dis, but ye might want to warn dat streak of piss Gormley and his fat fucking pal de Bowsie Boyle to check their bicycles carefully before dey tink of pedalling off to de recycling centre – I still have contacts in Moyross. Dats all I’m saying is all

Yours widout any sense of shame whatever,

Minister for Sending Lads to Chad

pee ess: tell Eamon his bike is safe, sure isn’t he like one of our own!

pee pee ess: see you in de bar

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