EXCLUSIVE on FLOATING VOTER PODCAST: Mary Mitchell O'Connor responds to the whispers and back-biting
Published 27/10/2016 | 15:07
In an exclusive for this week's Floating Voter, we hear from Mary Mitchell O'Connor who responds to the criticisms and back-biting that is going on behind her back.
Jobs Minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor has hit back at her critics and called on Government colleagues who are criticising to come forward and raise their concerns to her face.
Ms Mitchell O’Connor insisted she pays no attention to those who privately attack her performance and said she is focused on creating jobs.
The minister’s comments follow a newspaper article which quoted a number of unnamed sources who criticised Ms Mitchell O’Connor’s ability to run the Department of Jobs Enterprise and Innovation.
Speaking after the announcement of 60 jobs created by Irish tech firm Cubic Telecom this morning, the minister said: “I don’t mind, I don’t care what people say about me. I don’t care about their perceptions. They can judge me when I have the job done.”
“I don’t mind what they say behind my back but I’d probably prefer if they said it to my face but what I am really interested in is making sure people who haven’t got jobs get jobs and that’s what they want me to do and that’s my job and that’s what I am going to do,” she added.
Also on the Floating Voter Podcast, Independent News and Media (INM) political editor Kevin Doyle discusses the minister’s comments with Sunday Independent journalists Philip Ryan and Niamh Horan.
The panel also discusses the industrial action by gardai and teachers over pay, and the Dáil row over holidays for TDs.
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