Saturday 23 September 2017

Politicians to hit the catwalk in memory of colleague Nicky

Nicky McFadden. Photo: Tony Gavin
Nicky McFadden. Photo: Tony Gavin
Deputy Regina Doherty, Senator Cait Keane, model Lynn Kelly wearing a creation by Claire Garvey, stylist Marietta Doran, and Senator Hildegarde Naughton at the launch of the third annual Oireachtas Christmas Charity Fashion Show in aid of Research Motor Neurone and in memory of FG TD Nicky McFadden, who died of the disease. Photo: Tom Burke
Lise Hand

Lise Hand

Politicians are usually a thoroughly shameless lot when it comes to taking centre-stage, but taking to the fashion catwalk is a different matter altogether.

A group of Oireachtas colleagues posed a bit self-consciously for photographers with Assets model Lynn Kelly – but it was all to publicise a good cause. For the third Oireachtas Charity Fashion Show will take place next week in aid of Research Motor Neurone.

This year’s show, which will see more than 20 TDs and Senators, including Leo Varadkar, Simon Coveney, Regina Doherty, Averil Power and Eamon Coghlan walk the ramp alongside top Irish models and special guests, is a tribute to Fine Gael deputy Nicky McFadden, who died of the disease last year.

The event, compered by stylist Marietta Doran, is being organised by Minister Jimmy Deenihan. “I’m very pleased with the response from the politicians, as everyone’s under pressure getting ready for the election, and time is precious,” said Jimmy. “But they want to do it in remembrance of Nicky.”

Eamon Coghlan took to the catwalk sporting a golfing ensemble at the last fashion show in 2014. “I tried to hit a plastic golf-ball from the ramp but made a mess of it,” he confessed. “I got a right slagging after from then-Justice Minister Alan Shatter.”

The Oireachtas Fashion Show is in the Shelbourne Hotel on Tuesday, December 8 at 6.30pm. Tickets are €50; contact 01-6194483.

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