Editorials Executive Privilege February 18, 1998 Share 1 -- Insider just heard this one, but we cannot resist the retelling. It seems that when President Clinton was about to visit Ireland in late 1995, Brendan Tours president James Murphy received a call from Catherine Reilly, who runs the Brendan operation in Dublin. She asked: If you were to be invited to a dinner with the president while he is in Ireland, would you come? The answer was: Yes. The next question was: If your wife, Sheila, were invited, would she come, too? The answer was: No, she would not travel that far -- to Ireland from California -- for a day. But, Murphy asked, would Reilly, who is both a colleague and a friend, like to accompany him if the invitation were forthcoming. Her answer was yes, and the matter was settled. Murphy mentioned to his wife that he would be going to Ireland for a dinner with the president and had invited Reilly to accompany him. With a little help from Sheila, Murphy suddenly realized he had made a big mistake. No, it wasn't that Sheila wanted to go. It was that one of the Murphys' daughters, Sharon, lives in Dublin, and it simply hadn't occurred to her father to invite her as his guest at a relatively intimate dinner (about 120 guests) with the president of the U.S. "I am not sure my daughter will ever forgive me," Murphy said. No wonder it took us more than two years to hear about this.