There really is something about Mary Mitchell O’Connor

A sense prevails that the Minister is too beholden to Kenny and simply not up to the job

Mary Mitchell O’Connor: The Minister for Jobs “works hard, but is not up to it,” says one TD, a woman. “That’s the common consensus, unfortunately.” Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Mary Mitchell O’Connor: The Minister for Jobs “works hard, but is not up to it,” says one TD, a woman. “That’s the common consensus, unfortunately.” Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

She drove her car off the plinth in Leinster House, much to the amusement of others. She was one of the leading backbench brown-nosers of Enda Kenny at the Fine Gael Parliamentary Party. She enraged her colleagues and competitor TDs by being promoted straight to Cabinet.

Her big budget idea of a special tax rate for returning emigrants was shot down in public by the Taoiseach himself, hours after it was floated. She was monstered at a meeting of her own parliamentary party.

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