O'Dea comes face to face with old foe
Willie O'Dea and the councillor at the centre of the former Defence Minister's departure from the Cabinet found common ground last night -- thanks to St Patrick.
For the first time since Mr O'Dea resigned as a result of the false affidavit saga, the Fianna Fail TD came face-to-face at a former church in Limerick city with the Sinn Fein councillor Maurice Quinlivan -- the man Mr O'Dea incorrectly linked to a brothel.
St John's church has been completely renovated in recent years for the use of Daghda Dance Company, and last night hosted a reception to officially launch this year's St Patrick's celebrations in the city. Surrounded by fire-eaters, dancers and musicians, both men kept apart and did not speak.
The nearest Mr O'Dea and Mr Quinlivan came to each other was near a bar where the city councillor waited to be served as Mr O'Dea mingled with guests. There was no mention of the controversy that engrossed the nation a fortnight ago.
Last night, Mr O'Dea said he was "feeling great". However, his future in politics remains unclear.
"I said I was getting away for a few days to clear my head but I haven't managed to do that yet, unfortunately. Every day I get up there seems to be something else to do, so I haven't got away yet but I will hopefully in the next week and we will talk when I come back," Mr O'Dea said.
He said he had received huge support from people asking him to stay on, but added that there were a "few considerations to take into account".
Regarding the upcoming Cabinet reshuffle and who his successor might be, Mr O'Dea said the matter was "solely a prerogative" for the Taoiseach.