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Stormont diary: 'It takes money to buy whiskey'

By David Young

New Employment and Learning Minister Danny Kennedy was in high spirits on his first trip to the dispatch box.

During the debate on student funding, the Ulster Unionist challenged Alliance counterparts to explain how they would pay for higher education.

"We have to wake up and smell the coffee," he declared.

"Talk is cheap; it takes money to buy whiskey."

The turn of phrase pricked the ear of Dominic Bradley, the fellow Newry and Armagh MLA who had proposed the SDLP motion calling for the minister to resist a fee hike.

"Perhaps he will be remembered today for one expression: he said that talk is cheap, but it takes money to buy whiskey," he said.

"I hope that he did not have a few before he arrived here today."

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